"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.