Baroque Horrors: Roots of the Fantastic in the Age of Curiosities

Baroque Horrors: Roots of the Fantastic in the Age of Curiosities

by David Castillo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472117211

ISBN-13: 9780472117215

Pub. Date: 03/04/2010

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

"David Castillo takes us on a tour of some horrific materials that have rarely been considered together. He sheds a fantastical new light on the baroque."
---Anthony J. Cascardi, University of California Berkeley

"Baroque Horrors is a textual archeologist's dream, scavenged from obscure chronicles, manuals, minor histories, and lesser-known works of

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"David Castillo takes us on a tour of some horrific materials that have rarely been considered together. He sheds a fantastical new light on the baroque."
---Anthony J. Cascardi, University of California Berkeley

"Baroque Horrors is a textual archeologist's dream, scavenged from obscure chronicles, manuals, minor histories, and lesser-known works of major artists. Castillo finds tales of mutilation, mutation, monstrosity, murder, and mayhem, and delivers them to us with an inimitable flair for the sensational that nonetheless rejects sensationalism because it remains so grounded in historical fact."
---William Egginton, Johns Hopkins University

"Baroque Horrors is a major contribution to baroque ideology, as well as an exploration of the grotesque, the horrible, the fantastic. Castillo organizes his monograph around the motif of curiosity, refuting the belief that Spain is a country incapable of organized scientific inquiry."
---David Foster, Arizona State University

Baroque Horrors turns the current cultural and political conversation from the familiar narrative patterns and self-justifying allegories of abjection to a dialogue on the history of our modern fears and their monstrous offspring. When life and death are severed from nature and history, "reality" and "authenticity" may be experienced as spectator sports and staged attractions, as in the "real lives" captured by reality TV and the "authentic cadavers" displayed around the world in the Body Worlds exhibitions. Rather than thinking of virtual reality and staged authenticity as recent developments of the postmodern age, Castillo looks back to the Spanish baroque period in search for the roots of the commodification of nature and the horror vacui that accompanies it. Aimed at specialists, students, and readers of early modern literature and culture in the Spanish and Anglophone traditions as well as anyone interested in horror fantasy, Baroque Horrors offers new ways to rethink broad questions of intellectual and political history and relate them to the modern age.

David Castillo is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.

Jacket art: Frederick Ruysch's anatomical diorama. Engraving reproduction "drawn from life" by Cornelius Huyberts. Image from the Zymoglyphic Museum.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472117215
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
03/04/2010
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................xi
Introduction: A Taste for the Macabre in the Age of Curiosities....................1
ONE Miscellanea: The Garden of Curiosities and Macabre Theater....................37
TWO Sins of Our Fathers (and Spouses): The Preternatural in Baroque Exemplary Tales....................77
THREE Zayas' Bodyworks: Protogothic Moral Pornography or a Baroque Trap for the Gaze....................111
FOUR Monsters from the Deep: Lozano's La cueva de Hércules and the Politics of Horror....................137
Afterword....................161
Works Cited....................165
Index....................175

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