Objects of Culture in the Literature of Imperial Spain

Objects of Culture in the Literature of Imperial Spain

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442664289
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 03/14/2013
Series: Toronto Iberic , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface ix

Part 1 Objects of Luxury and Power

1 Gifts for the Vicereine of Naples: The Weavings of Garcilaso's Third Eclogue Mary E. Barnard 3

2 Artful Edifices and the Construction of Identity in Montemayor's Diana and Lope's Arcadia Marsha S. Collins 31

3 The Artful Gamblers: Wagering Danaë in Cervantes' Don Quixote 1.33-35 Frederick A. De Armas 54

4 The Things They Carried: Sovereign Objects in Calderón de la Barca's La gran Cenobia María Cristina Quintero 80

5 Beyond Canvas and Paint: Falling Portraits in the Spanish Comedia Christopher B. Weimer 99

Part 2 The Matter of Words

6 Book Marks: Jerónimo de Aguilar and the Book of Hours Heather Allen 121

7 Embodying the Visual, Visualizing Sound in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz's Primero sueño Emilie L. Bergmann 141

8 Picaresque Partitions: Spanish Antiheroes and the Material World Edward H. Friedman 159

9 Francisco de Quevedo and the Poetic Matter of Patronage Robert Ter Horst 181

Part 3 Objects against Culture

10 Transformation and Transgression at the Banquet Scene in La Celestina Carolyn A. Nadeau 205

11 The Prayer of the Immured Woman and the Matter of Lazarillo de Tormes Ryan D. Giles 228

12 War and the Material Conditions for Suffering in Cervantes' Numancia Luis F. Avilés 253

13 The Goddess, Dionysus, and the Material World in Don Quijote Timothy Ambrose 277

14 Dismantling Sosiego: Undressing, Dressing, and Cross-Dressing in Mateo Alemán's Guzmán de Alfarache Goretti González 294

Contributors 323

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