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Artistic Reconfigurations of Rome

An Alternative Guide to the Eternal City, 1989-2014

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Kaspar Thormod

In Artistic Reconfigurations of Rome Kaspar Thormod examines how visions of Rome manifest themselves in artworks produced by international artists who have stayed at the city’s foreign academies. Structured as an alternative guide to Rome, the book represents an interdisciplinary approach to creating a dynamic visual history that brings into view facets of the city’s diverse contemporary character. Thormod demonstrates that when artists successfully reconfigure Rome they provide us with visions that, being anchored in a present, undermine the connotations of permanence and immovability that cling to the ‘Eternal City’ epithet. Looking at the work of these artists, the reader is invited to engage critically with the question: what is Rome today? – or perhaps better: what can Rome be?

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Kaspar Thormod

Oliver Bock

Abstract

This paper presents previously unknown pieces of correspondence between C. P. Cooper (1793–1873), the secretary of the British Record Commission, and two German scholars who supported the Commission’s search for sources concerning the history of the English language and its literature. The letters illustrate how the Commission’s research effort on the Continent was organised by Cooper and his German partners. Their course of action will be contextualised within the Commission’s history up to its abrupt end in 1837 in order to show to what extent these research endeavours and the correspondences were determined by adversarial circumstances that led first to a Parliamentary inquiry into the Commission’s work and finally to its termination.