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Macdonell, Cameron

Works: 3 works in 12 publications in 1 language and 718 library holdings
Genres: Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: NA5247.W4, 726.50971332
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Most widely held works by Cameron Macdonell
Ghost storeys : Ralph Adams Cram, modern Gothic media, and deconstructive microhistory at a Canadian church by Cameron Macdonell( )

10 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Do modern Gothic buildings and books have more in common than the "Gothic" adjective? Scholars have limited this question to British author/architects of the eighteenth century. However, Ralph Adams Cram (1863--1942) was America's most prolific and vocal advocate of Gothic Revival architecture, and he published a book of Gothic ghost stories in 1895. Ghost Storeys consequently offers the first comprehensive study of Cram's interdisciplinary Gothic aesthetics, deconstructing the boundaries of architecture and literature. For Cram, ghosts are manifestations of social sickness, and the unusual commission of a Canadian church allowed him to exercise his pessimistic revival of Gothic architecture in an ailing modern world. The lead patron, Edward Walker of eponymous Walkerville, Ontario, commissioned the church for his company town because he was secretly dying of syphilis, and Cram put Walker's regeneration in the hands of a Grail knight who might never come. Walkerville's Anglican architecture is haunted by a future that Cram himself could not provide, and through the intricate intersections of Gothic aesthetics, architectural ethics, and company town construction in Edwardian Canada, Cameron Macdonell opens new perspectives on the modern failure to resurrect the past. What came back from the Gothic grave was a tormented revenant in need of miraculous intervention. Painstakingly researched and illustrated, Ghost Storeys is a microhistory that redefines the allegorical relationship between a marginalized Canadian church and the Gothic Revival as a global interdisciplinary phenomenon."--
Haunted by the gothic : deconstructing the new St. Mary's Anglican church, Walkerville, Ontario by Cameron Macdonell( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942) was among the rare Gothicists who practiced both Gothic architecture and literature. He designed several Gothic-Revival churches and campuses across North America, and he wrote a book of Gothic ghost stories in 1895, calling the collection Black Spirits and White. Traditionally, scholars have assumed that the discourses of modern, Anglo-Gothic architecture and literature parted company after the 1830s. Scholars have based that assumption on two interrelated arguments. First, the Victorian Gothic novel evolved beyond the distinctly medieval; whereas, Victorian Gothic architects became rigorously attentive to structural and cultural principles of the Middle Ages. Second, and more importantly, even though architecture has been thematic for Gothic literature, scholars of the genre have concentrated on the domesticity of haunted houses. This has not been as problematic for scholars of Georgian Gothic architecture, where Gothic details plastered over domestic architecture; Victorian Gothic architects, however, expressed their principles most effectively through church building. The modern Gothic church, as the true house of God, is supposed to have exorcized any confusion with the domestic architecture of man, providing sanctuary from the haunting conditions of a secular, urban-industrial, modern world. Ralph Adams Cram complicates that assumption. In the darkest moments of his despair, Cram designed churches that were not resurrected Gothic beauties, but spectral remnants of a murdered past beyond his powers to avenge. His Gothic literature expressed that impotent horror, addressing several houses that modernity, having murdered the medieval past, haunted. So did the new St. Mary's Anglican Church of Walkerville, Ontario. Using the hauntological strategies of Jacques Derrida, this project deconstructs the Walkerville church to solicit the withered horror of a spectral hand haunting the Anglican house of God. Cram designed the Walkerville church for Edward Chandler Walker, de facto king of Walkerville, who was secretly dying of syphilis. Cram encrypted Edward's illness in the Walkerville church through the withered limb of a biblical leper. Edward's withered "hand" was then visualized through the spreading fingers of the letter "k," its grammatological mark silently concealed and revealed in the Gothick moniker that its structural, spatial, social, and semiotic languages declare to the modern world. Ultimately, the Walkerville church calls for a Grail Knight's arrival, one whose holy hand can end the suffering of the Fisher King, Edward Walker -- and, by extension, a knight who might end the dark night of decadent modernity. Yet will the Grail Knight ever arrive? "--
The American Pugins : Ralph Adams Cram and Bertram Goodhue by Cameron Macdonell( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Mac Donell, Cameron

McDonell, Cameron

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