RST5274: Gothic Cathedral and its culture
Lecturer: Prof. Louis Keloon HA

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Date: Jan. 07 - Apr. 15, 2009 (Wednesdays)
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Venue: Wong Foo Yuan Bldg (FYB) LT4
Medium of instruction: Cantonese

- La Cathedrale, 1908 - Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
According to Rodin, the hands do not belong to a single individual but to two people "suggesting human interrelationship as being essential to achieving the spiritual ideal."

This course will present the historical origin and meaning of Gothic cathedrals which sprang up in the 12th century in Europe as a predominant form of cathedral-building. It will also discuss the Gothic style in sculpture, painting, music and literature. The influence of this architectural form on culture in the West will be the main reflection of this course. The topics of the 10 sessions and 2 field trips are as follows:

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 1. (Jan. 07) Abbot Suger (1081-1151) and St. Denis Abbey (c.1140)

 2. (Jan. 14) Chartres cathedral (1194 to 1260)

 3. (Jan. 21) Canterbury Cathedral (1070-1077, 1390-1410)

Jan 28: Chinese New Year Holiday

 4. (Feb. 04) Batalha Monastery Chapel

 5 Field trip 14:15 Feb. 14 Saturday - (Lok Fu, MTR exit B): Wing Kwong Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1977, Wan Tau Ham, and St. Andrew's Church, 2006, Hang Hou

 6. Field trip 13:45 Feb. 15 Sunday - (Caritas Centre, Caine Road) St. John's Cathedral 1848 and Immaculate Conception Cathedral, 1888

 7. (Feb. 18) Notre-Dame de Laon (1160-1205)

 8. (Feb. 25) Ely Cathedral (1083-1349)

 9. (Mar. 04) The Cathedral of Amiens

 10. (Mar. 11) Unfinished Gothic Cathedral: La Sagrada Famiglia, Barcelona, St. John the Divine

 11. (Mar. 18) Stained-glass: painting with light

 12. (Mar. 25): - Stained-glass windows - workshop ( Venue: Esther Lee Building Rm 306 - 徐志宇)

Gothic Revival


 1. attendance and quiz (20%)
 2. field trip report (30%) - about 2,000 words by Mar. 04 [softcopy file name: F+SID]
 3. research paper (50%) - about 4,000 words by Apr. 20 [softcopy file name: R+SID]

Recommended declaration to be included in every assignment handed in

Reports and research papers of students will be put on website for the benefit of other fellow students, unless opposed explicitly and reasonably by the relevant student.

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(意)布克哈特(Burckhardt)著:《意大利文藝復興時期的文化》,北京:商務印書館, 1979年。


(Romanian)伊利亞德(Mircea Eliade, 1907-1986)著, 譯楊素娥 ; 校閱胡國楨:《聖與俗》, : 宗敎的本質 ; 台北市 : 桂冠圖書股份有限公司, 2001.

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《西洋上古史》《西洋中古史 》- 羅漁、中國文化大學出版部(華崗)2002

《奧古斯都時代》--(名人與時代)系列叢書 - (美)威爾.杜蘭著 台北幼獅文化公司譯 2005 東方出版社 新華書店經銷 ISBN:7-5060-2246-X

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Some additional bibliography in Chinese

Binski, Paul. Becket's Crown: Art and Imagination in Gothic England, 1170-1300. New Haven: Yale U. Press, 2004.
Bony, Jean. French Gothic Architecture of the 12th and 13th Centuries. Berkeley: U. of California Press, 1983.
Bruzelius, Caroline Astrid. The 13th-century Church at St-Denis. New Haven: Yale U. Press, 1985.
Byron, Glennis, et al, eds. Spectral Readings: towards a Gothic Geography. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999.
Clark, Kenneth. The Gothic Revival: An Essay in the History of Taste. London: Murray, 1962.
Clemens, Valdine. The Return of the Repressed: Gothic Horror from the Castle of Otranto to Alien. Albany: State U. of New York Press, 1999.
Courtenay, Lynn T., ed. The Engineering of Medieval Cathedrals. Brookfield: Ashgate, 1997.
Emery, Elizabeth. Romancing the Cathedral: Gothic Architecture in fin-de-siecle French Culture. Albany: State U. of New York Press, 2001.
Frankl, Paul. Gothic Architecture. New Haven: Yale U. Press, 2000.
Grant, Lindy. Architecture and Society in Normandy, 1120-1270. New Haven: Yale U. Press, 2005.
Grodecki, Louis. Gothic Architecture. New York: Electa, 1978.
Hogle, Jerrold E., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction. Cambridge: Cambridge U. Press, 2002.
Hurley, Kelly. The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the fin de siecle. Cambridge: Cambridge U. Press, 1996.
McCarthy, Michael. Classical and Gothic: Studies in the History of Art. Dublin: Four Courts, 2005.
Pearsall, Derek Albert. Gothic Europe, 1200-1450. Harlow: Longman, 2001.
Punter, David, ed. A Companion to the Gothic. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.
Radding, Charles. Medieval Architecture, Medieval Learning: Builders and Masters in the Age of Romanesque and Gothic. New Haven: Yale U. Press, 1992.
Raguin, Virginia C., et al., eds. Artistic Integration in Gothic Buildings. Toronto: U. of Toronto Press, 1995.
Smith, Andrew, et al, eds. Gothic Modernisms. New York: Palgrave, 2001.
Watt, James. Contesting the Gothic: Fiction, Genre, and Cultural Conflict, 1764-1832. Cambridge: Cambridge U. Press, 1999.

(updated on 2009/01/03)