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"Watchful Wandering": John Ruskin's Strayings in Venice

Kite, Stephen ORCID: 2009. "Watchful Wandering": John Ruskin's Strayings in Venice. Journal of Architectural Education 62 (4) , pp. 106-114. 10.1111/j.1531-314X.2009.01011.x

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Through close readings of John Ruskin’s notebooks and diaries (related to The Stones of Venice) and the city itself, this paper explores his “watchful wandering”—as he characterized it—as a mode of urban experience and analysis, and that connected vision wherein the concrete fragment emblematizes the whole. Within a long history of ambulatory urban contemplation and journeyings, the paper locates Ruskin at the cusp of the pre- and early modern, exposing thereby a tension between the ethical and the aesthetic; between Ruskin’s threefold vision—imbricating the romantic, scientific, and symbolic—and the blasé detachment of the urban flâneur.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1046-4883
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 13:07

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