From Haunted Ruin to Touristified City: An Aesthetic History of Venice

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    Due to its fragile infrastructure, the city of Venice has been virtually impossible to develop substantially. In early modernity it became a semi-abandoned site which was appreciated aesthetically by the romantic, contemplative eye. Lord Byron even wanted to be buried in the “sinking ruin.” Tourism changed the city. As one now fights through its crowds, one could ask: is contemplation the way to appreciate this “ruined” place, or should one engage the city more like a hike, physically interacting with its new life? Perhaps the phenomenon of tourism demands a change of theoretical perspective, from contemplation (e.g., Kant) to engagement (e.g., Dewey).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPhilosophical Perspectives on Ruins, Monuments, and Memorials
    EditorsJeanette Bicknell, Jennifer Judkins, Carolyn Korsmeyer
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)978-1-138-50469-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


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