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Author Hartoonian, Gevork.

Title Mental life of the architectural historian : re-opening the early historiography of modern architecture / by Gevork Hartoonian
Published Newcastle upon Tyne, England : Cambridge Scholars, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (214 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- 1. What is the matter with architectural history? -- 2. Nikolaus Pevsner: the opening closure -- 3. Henry-Russell Hitchcock and the pastoral vision of modernity -- 4. Sigfried Giedion: the Zeitgeist captured -- 5. Adieu Zeitgeist
Summary "Starting with the question concerning the discursive formation of architectural history, the chapters compiled in this manuscript attempt to re-read the historiography of the early modern architecture from the point of view of the theoretical work produced since the post-war era. Central to the objectives of the implied differentiation are the ways in which architectural history differs from the traditions of art history, and that the text works its autonomy through theoretical representation, its discursive flow is interrupted by the historian's urge to support his/her argument with references to buildings, texts, drawings, and events that are historical. The historians discussed in this volume are the regulars addressed by most critics who revisit modern architectural history. The idea of dedicating chapters to N. Pevsner, H.R. Hitchcock, and S. Giedion respectively, entails an economy of selection that is formative for a critical understanding of the canon established by these historians. Discussing themes such as periodization, autonomy, and time, the coda of the final chapter expands the scope of 'critical historiography' popularised by Kenneth Frampton and Manfredo Tafuri"--Back cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Giedion, S. (Sigfried), 1888-1968.
Hitchcock, Henry-Russell, 1903-1987.
Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1902-1983.
Architectural historians.
Architecture -- Historiography.
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1283141930
1443826227 (electronic bk.)
9781443826228 (electronic bk.)