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The persistence of presence : emblem and ritual in Baroque Spain /
Bradley J. Nelson.
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2010.
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x, 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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9780802099778 :
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2010.
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9780802099778 :
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7315551
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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'The Persistence of Presenceis a timely study of the relationship between emblematic practice and Spanish literature of the early modern period. Moving beyond traditional approaches to the subject, Bradley J. Nelson analyzes the subconscious foundation of the early modern emblem and emblematic thinking to show how central cultural activities of the period must be understood through this apparently marginal mode of representation.'
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The Persistence of Presence analyzes the relationship between emblem books, containing combinations of pictures and texts, and Spanish literature in the early modern period. As representations of ideas and ideals, emblems are allegories produced in a particular place and time, and their study can shed light on the central cultural and political activities of an era.Bradley J. Nelson argues that the emblem was a primary indicator of the social and political functions of diverse literary practices in early modern Spain, from theatre to epic prose. Furthermore, the disintegration of a unified medieval world view left many seeking the kinds of deep knowledge that could be accessed through symbolic pictures, increasing their cultural significance. In this detailed examination of emblem books, sacred and secular theatre, and Cervantes' critique of baroque allegory in Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda , Nelson connects the early history of emblematics with the drive towards cultural and political hegemony in Counter-Reformation Spain.
Main Description
The Persistence of Presenceanalyzes the relationship between emblem books, containing combinations of pictures and texts, and Spanish literature in the early modern period. As representations of ideas and ideals, emblems are allegories produced in a particular place and time, and their study can shed light on the central cultural and political activities of an era. Bradley J. Nelson argues that the emblem was a primary indicator of the social and political functions of diverse literary practices in early modern Spain, from theatre to epic prose. Furthermore, the disintegration of a unified medieval world view left many seeking the kinds of deep knowledge that could be accessed through symbolic pictures, increasing their cultural significance. In this detailed examination of emblem books, sacred and secular theatre, and Cervantes' critique of baroque allegory in Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda, Nelson connects the early history of emblematics with the drive towards cultural and political hegemony in Counter-Reformation Spain.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Emblem, Iconology, Emblematic Iconologyp. 5
Ritual Origins and Materialities of Communicationp. 12
Ritual Theory, Emblem Practicep. 15
Corpusp. 20
The Emblem
Emblem Theory, Emblem Practice: A Consideration of Juan de Borja's Resistance to Theoryp. 33
Juan de Borja and 'El arte nuevo de hacer emblemas'p. 33
Meditative Confusion and the Ritualistic Resistance to the Material Worldp. 40
Conclusionp. 51
Anamorphosis and Theoretical Depth of Meaning: Juan de Horozco's Emblemas moralesp. 55
Questions of Methodologyp. 55
History Framed: Anamorphosis and Other Tricks of the Perspectival Tradep. 59
Emblem as the Aesthetic Culmination of Literary and Artistic Mimesisp. 66
Conclusion: Unequal Modes of Receptionp. 71
Applied Emblematics
Lope de Vega's Emblematic Indios: The Discovery of America, or the End(s) of Historyp. 77
Image of the World; World of the Imagep. 81
Emblems and Indiosp. 87
Conclusionp. 97
From Hieroglyphic Presence to Representational Sign: The Auto Sacramental and the Ritual Colonization of Modernityp. 100
Ritual Practice, or the Modus Operandi of the Dramatic Massp. 100
The State of Auto Criticismp. 105
Liturgy 'Discovers' the Marketp. 107
Conclusion: The Motivation of Bias, Both Critical and Poeticp. 124
Calderón's El alcalde de Zalamea: Pedro Crespo as Literary Subjectp. 131
Fragments, Corpses, Emblemsp. 135
Literary Practice in Modernityp. 148
Conclusionp. 154
Bodies and Signs
A Ritual Practice for Modernity: Baltasar Gracián's Organized Body of Tastep. 161
Corporeal Framesp. 170
The Organized Body of Tastep. 183
Conclusionp. 192
Bodies and Corpses, Voices and Silence: Grotesque Presence in Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismundap. 195
Literary Fields and Emblematic Receptionp. 202
Feliciana de la Voz (y Cuerpo): Grotesque Presencep. 208
Fortune and Occasion: Cervantes' Reformation of Emblematicsp. 218
Conclusionp. 228
Conclusion: Authorial Emblemsp. 230
Notesp. 239
Works Citedp. 257
Indexp. 273
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