This dissertation examines the links between architecture and literature through the work of English author/mathematician/geometrician Lewis Carroll/Charles L. Dodgson. The premise is that throughout Carroll’s work, questions concerning the position of the body in relation to its surroundings— the possibility for one to forge a sense of place—are recurrent. Carroll stages a series of bodily movements in space: changes in scale, transformations, alterations, translations from bottom to top, from left to right, from the inside to the outside, and so on. Reading the work, one is constantly reminded that one’s perception of space, as well as one’s understanding of where one stands, are phenomena that take place in language, through utterances, through words. Approaching Carroll’s work with particular attention to the space of bodily movements and to plays on language, one can access a subterranean architectural discourse. This discourse is oblique, suggested rather than explicit, but nonetheless raises pertinent questions concerning the formation of architectural meaning: the relationship of sense to its limits—to nonsense— in architecture.
This dissertation explores the role of architecture as an expressive language through the transforming notion of character theory in France at the end of the eighteenth century. In antiquity, Vitruvius wrote of the expressive role of architecture in his definition of "decorum." For Vitruvius, architecture could transcend its materiality by expressing the order of the universe.
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Whereas previous studies of Le Camus de Mézières have focused on his most important architectural treatise, Le génie de l'architecture, ou l'analogie de cet art avec nos sensations, this dissertation considers the wide range of Le Camus's written works, including his plays, a novel, and a description of a picturesque garden. These works disclose the main thread that extends throughout Le Camus's architectural theory, which is to express the erotic tension of an architecture of desire.