canons of taste that are informed by the institutional education of the upper social classes in Europe and North America, right up to the end of the nineteenth century. As such, these constituencies' interests and cultural positions contrast strongly with those contemporary architectural theorists who are driven by the social need to oppose canonic and institutional agendas; for example, the importance of feminist, Marxist, and cultural theories to architectural theory over the past forty years. Nevertheless, within this first volume, the development of the modern cultural institution and its political agendas are clearly central to the production of architectural theory. There are some inevitable drawbacks in such an extensive coverage of material, in particular, the shortness in length of many of the extracts and their unavoidable extraction from larger projects. But Mallgrave's conscientious contextualization of each text in relation to the original text and a bibliographic reference helps to alleviate this frustration. Also, given his attention to the cultural contexts of production, one might be led to ask: What are the "unconscious" or "unofficial" texts that were written from "outside" the discipline, and which have not been included in this volume? Where, for example, are the ideas about
The Journal of Aesthetic Education – University of Illinois Press
Published: Jun 2, 2007
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