Laurence Goldstein

Laurence Goldstein

Laurence Goldstein is professor of English at the University of Michigan.

Ruins and Empire

The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature

One of the most common scenes in Augustan and Romantic literature is that of a writer confronting some emblem of change and loss, most often the remains of a vanished civilization or a desolate natural landscape. Ruins and Empire traces the ruin sentiment from its earliest classical and Renaissance expressions through English literature to its establishment as a dominant theme of early American art.