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“I do love these ancient ruins”-- Ruinophilia in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Posted By Margaret E. Owens, Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ruinophilia, Ruin Porn, Ruin Lust – the roots of post-modernity’s recent enthralment with ruins are often traced back to the eighteenth-century cult of the sublime. However, Antonio’s remark, “I do love these ancient ruins,” in John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, suggests that versions of ruinophilia were very much alive in the early seventeenth century. This panel seeks papers that explore the fascination with ruins in sixteenth and seventeenth-century literary and cultural venues.

Please submit a paper title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), key words, and a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum) by Saturday, May 28 to Margaret Owens (  

Tags:  Culture  death  Literature  material culture  ruins 

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