Reason and Its Others: Italy, Spain, and the New World

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By exploring manifestations of normative and non-normative thinking in the geopolitical and cultural contexts of Early Modern Italy, Spain, and the American colonies, this volume hopes to encourage interdisciplinary discussions on the early modern notions of reason and unreason, good and evil, justice and injustice, center and periphery, freedom and containment, self and other.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826515452
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Hispanic Issues
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David R. Castillo is Associate Professor of Spanish, the University at Buffalo.

Massimo Lollini is Hatzantonis Distinguished Fellow in Italian and Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Languages at the University of Oregon.

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Table of Contents


David Castillo and Massimo Lollini, Introduction: Reason and Its Others in Early Modernity (A View from the South)

Part 1. Of Walls and Windows: Containment Machines and the Drive Towards the Unknown
Andrea Battistini, "Galileo Galilei's Sydereus Nuncius"
Silvia Contarini, "Descartes in Naples: The Reception of Passions de l'âme"
Leah Middlebrook, "Fernando de Herrera Invented the Internet: Technologies of Self-Containment in the Early Modern Sonnet"
Bradley Nelson, "A Ritual Practice for Modernity: Baltasar Gracian's Organized Body of Taste"
Nathalie Hester, "Unreasonable Travel: The Place of Europe in F. Negri's Viaggio Settentrionale"
Dianne Dugaw and Amanda Powell, "Baroque Sapphic Poetry: A Feminist Road Not Taken"

Part 2. Of Houses and Cities: Early Modern Spaces and the Aporias of Baroque Reason
John Marino, "The Foreigner and the Citizen: A Dialogue on Good Government in Spanish Naples"
William Childers, "The Baroque Public Sphere"
William Egginton, "Reason's Baroque House (Cervantes, Master Architect)"
Julio Baena, "Spanish Mannerist Detours in the Mapping of Reason: Around Cervantes' Novelas Ejemplares"
Anthony Cascardi, "Genealogy of the Sublime in the Aesthetics of the Baroque"

Part 3: The West Wing: America and the Frontiers of Reason
Fernando R. de la Flor, "Sacrificial Politics in the Spanish Colonies"
George Mariscal, "Bartolomé de las Casas on Imperial Ethics and the Use of Force"
Margaret Greer, "Imperialism and Anthropophagi: The Unthought Known"
Fernando Ordoñez, "Reason and Utopia at the Imperial Borders: Modernity/Coloniality in the Jesuit Reducciones in Paraguay"
Giuseppe Mazzotta, "Universal History: Vico's New Science between Antiquarians and Ethnographers"

Afterword: Luis Martín- Estudillo and Nicholas Spadaccini, "Reasoning the Other"

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