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New PDF release: Baroque horrors : roots of the fantastic in the age of

By David Castillo

ISBN-10: 0472026682

ISBN-13: 9780472026685

ISBN-10: 0472117211

ISBN-13: 9780472117215

"David Castillo takes us on a travel of a few terrible fabrics that experience not often been thought of jointly. He sheds a fantastical new mild at the baroque."
---Anthony J. Cascardi, collage of California Berkeley

"Baroque Horrors is a textual archeologist's dream, scavenged from imprecise chronicles, manuals, minor histories, and lesser-known works of significant artists. Castillo unearths stories of mutilation, mutation, monstrosity, homicide, and mayhem, and grants them to us with an inimitable aptitude for the sensational that still rejects sensationalism since it is still so grounded in ancient fact."
---William Egginton, Johns Hopkins University

"Baroque Horrors is a massive contribution to baroque ideology, in addition to an exploration of the ugly, the terrible, the wonderful. Castillo organizes his monograph round the motif of interest, refuting the assumption that Spain is a rustic incapable of geared up medical inquiry."
---David Foster, Arizona country University

Baroque Horrors turns the present cultural and political dialog from the popular narrative styles and self-justifying allegories of abjection to a discussion at the historical past of our glossy fears and their vast offspring. whilst existence and dying are severed from nature and background, "reality" and "authenticity" can be skilled as spectator activities and staged points of interest, as within the "real lives" captured via fact television and the "authentic cadavers" displayed around the globe within the physique Worlds exhibitions. instead of contemplating digital fact and staged authenticity as contemporary advancements of the postmodern age, Castillo seems to be again to the Spanish baroque interval in look for the roots of the commodification of nature and the horror vacui that accompanies it. geared toward experts, scholars, and readers of early glossy literature and tradition within the Spanish and Anglophone traditions in addition to someone attracted to horror delusion, Baroque Horrors deals new how you can reconsider wide questions of highbrow and political historical past and relate them to the trendy age.

David Castillo is affiliate Professor and Director of Graduate experiences within the division of Romance Languages and Literatures on the collage at Buffalo, SUNY.

Jacket paintings: Frederick Ruysch's anatomical diorama. Engraving replica "drawn from lifestyles" by way of Cornelius Huyberts. snapshot from the Zymoglyphic Museum.

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27. ” 28. In his classic study The Idea of the Holy: An Inquiry into the Non-rational Factor in the Idea of the Divine and Its Relation to the Rational (1923), Rudolf Otto coined the term numinous from the Latin numen to describe the human experience or feeling of the Absolute beyond the moral and rational dimensions of the Holy (see especially 1–40). This feeling of the numinous is marked by the dreadful or woeful fascination (“mysterium tremendum”) that overpowers the soul in the presence of the awe-inspiring object.

At ‹rst sight, the use of the words máquina and fábrica applied to biological, geological, and cosmic bodies would seem to suggest a connection with the emerging mechanistic view of the universe that, according to Maravall, is re›ected in demystifying works of the period, beginning with Celestina (Maravall, El mundo social de La Celestina). 36 By contrast, there are other baroque narratives in which the marvelous world of pastoral, chivalric, and Byzantine romances meets problematically with the discourse or discourses of modern rationalism.

The exceptionality of monsters could lead to a further questioning of norms and social hierarchies, insofar as the social order was grounded on the perceived natural order. Thus, the “monster” could be seen as material evidence or living proof of the inadequacy of inherited knowledge and social structures. According to Omar Calabrese, the suspension or annulment of categories is the de‹ning characteristic of modern teratology. As he argues in NeoBaroque: A Sign of the Times (1992), “there is a speci‹c character to modern 32.

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