Rome: A City Out of Print

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Overview

Focusing on images and descriptions of movement and spectacle-everyday street activities, congregations in market piazzas, life in the Jewish ghetto and the plague hospital, papal and other ceremonial processions, public punishment, and pilgrimage routes-Rose Marie San Juan uncovers the social tensions and conflicts within seventeenth century Roman society that are both concealed within and prompted by mass-produced representations of the city. These depictions of Rome-guidebooks, street posters, broadsheets and brochures, topographic and thematic maps, city views, and collectible images of landmarks and other famous sights-redefined the ways in which public space was experienced, controlled, and utilized, encouraging tourists, pilgrims, and penitents while constraining the activities and movements of women, merchants, dissidents, and Jews.

San Juan contends that the representations of urban space afforded by new print technologies were appropriated by a wide variety of people in the city for purposes that ranged from regulation to opposition. A sophisticated analysis of the contested relations between people, print culture, and urban modernity, Rome: A City Out of Print also offers a rich portrait of the life of the street and the city.

Rose Marie San Juan is associate professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816637911
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
1. "Vagando per la citta" The Printed Bando and the Everyday Moves of the Street 23
2. "Roma ricercata" The Pocket Guidebook and the City's Tourist Itineraries 57
3. "Andando processionalmente per Roma" Street Processions and the Imprints of Urban Charity 95
4. Water's Overflow: Contamination, Cleanliness, and the Location of the Fountain Piazza 129
5. Rumor's Trajectories: The Sede Vacante and the Dispersal of Urban Conflict 161
6. The Production of Place: Enclosures and Exchanges in Piazza Navona 187
7. The Uncertainties of Time: Managing and Marketing the Plague of 1656-57 219
Notes 255
Bibliography 303
Permissions 309
Index 311
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