Objects of Culture in the Literature of Imperial Spain

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Mary E. Barnard, Frederick A. De Armas
University of Toronto Press, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 326 pages
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Collecting and displaying finely crafted objects was a mark of character among the royals and aristocrats in Early Modern Spain: it ranked with extravagant hospitality as a sign of nobility and with virtue as a token of princely power. Objects of Culture in the Literature of Imperial Spain explores how the writers of the period shared the same impulse to collect, arrange, and display objects, though in imagined settings, as literary artefacts.

These essays examine a variety of cultural objects described or alluded to in books from the Golden Age of Spanish literature, including clothing, paintings, tapestries, playing cards, monuments, materials of war, and even enchanted bronze heads. The contributors emphasize how literature preserved and transformed objects to endow them with new meaning for aesthetic, social, religious, and political purposes ­– whether to perpetuate certain habits of thought and belief, or to challenge accepted social and moral norms.

 

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Contents

The Weavings of Garcilasos
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4
Artful Edifices and the Construction of Identity in Monternayors
31
Chapter 3
50
Wagering Danae in Cervantes Don Quixote
54
Fig 1
66
Sovereign Objects in Calderon de la Barcas
80
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83
Spanish Antiheroes and the Material
159
Francisco de Quevedo and the Poetic Matter of Patronage
181
Transformation and Transgression at the Banquet Scene
205
The Prayer of the Immured Woman and the Matter
228
the Oracion de la Emparedada
229
War and the Material Conditions for Suffering in Cervantes
253
The Goddess Dionysus and the Material World in
277
Undressing Dressing and CrossDressing
294

Falling Portraits in the Spanish
99
Jeronimo de Aguilar and the Book of Hours
121
Embodying the Visual Visualizing Sound in Sor Juana Inés
141
Justus Tiel Allegory ofthe Education ofPhilip HI 1592
295
Contributors
323
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Mary E. Barnard is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at Penn State University.

Frederick A. de Armas is the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Spanish Literature, and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago.

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