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Vol. II. Chapter 1. The Throne
Leader: Samatha Briggs
Ruskin’s introduction to the second volume of The Stones of Venice outlines much of his argument about architecture in and travel to Venice. Ruskin approaches the city as a modern traveller offering a glimpse of what it may have been like to see it in its original splendour. Ruskin discusses the importance of memory, romance, and the imagination, the ideals we form about a place and the sense of reality experienced once we visit it.
A PDF copy of this reading can be downloaded here. Please try and use this copy so that we can make use of the page numbers and references.*
How it will work:
Each week a new extract will be uploaded to the site. We ask that you read the extract from that week and then highlight any points of interest, observations or questions you might have. Comments should be made in that week’s comment box. All comments will be released daily, unless deemed unsuitable. You can hashtag comments or reflection at #JVCruskin. Feel free to respond to each other but please be respectful of each other’s points of views. At the end of the week the leader will then provide a summary and concluding remarks of the discussion.
Samantha Briggs is a postgraduate student in English at the University of Exeter. Her thesis, “Architecture and Hardy,” examines Hardy’s response to the major ideas about architecture in the nineteenth century.
*If you are unable to access this PDF, a full version of volume three can be found via Project Gutenberg here.