Rhetoric and Reality in Early Modern Spain

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Early modern Spain's insistent rhetorics of nation and kingship, of a monolithic body of shared values and beliefs, especially in respect of racial and gender stereotypes, and of a centralized and ostensibly absolutist legislative apparatus did not map unproblematically onto the complex topography of everyday life. This volume explores the extent to which these rhetorics and the ideology they helped to construct or underpin reflected or failed to reflect the realities of social, economic, and cultural life. It ...
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Overview

Early modern Spain's insistent rhetorics of nation and kingship, of a monolithic body of shared values and beliefs, especially in respect of racial and gender stereotypes, and of a centralized and ostensibly absolutist legislative apparatus did not map unproblematically onto the complex topography of everyday life. This volume explores the extent to which these rhetorics and the ideology they helped to construct or underpin reflected or failed to reflect the realities of social, economic, and cultural life. It sets against their typically exorbitant claims the lived, messy, and sometimes contradictory experience of Spaniards across a broad social spectrum, both at the centre and at the margins, not just of peninsular society, but of the Hispanic world overseas. Confronting ideology were questions of economic pragmatism, executive feasibility, jurisdictional competence, and, above all, the social and political complexity of the Spain of the period. RICHARD J. PYM is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. Contributors: TREVOR J. DADSON, MARGARET RICH GREER, BARRY IFE, ALISTAIR MALCOLM, MELVEENA MCKENDRICK, RICHARD J. PYM, HELEN RAWLINGS, ALEXANDER SAMSON, JULES WHICKER
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A superb collection of essays that share, among other features, an interest in challenging certain conceptions, or accepted views, of history and of literary history. Individually and collectively, the essays are enlightening and inspiring, full of ideas that whet the critical appetite. ARIZONA JOURNAL OF HISPANIC CULTURAL STUDIES
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855661271
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/20/2006
  • Series: Monografías A, #227
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Official rhetoric versus local reality : propaganda and the expulsion of the Moriscos 1
Arbitrismo and the early seventeenth-century Spanish church : the theory and practice of anti-clericalist philosophy 25
Law and disorder : anti-gypsy legislation and its failures in seventeenth-century Spain 41
Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and the Jewess of Venice : tolerance, interfaith sexuality and Converso culture 57
Representing their sex : actresses in seventeenth-century Spain 72
Public morality and the closure of the theatres in the mid-seventeenth century : Philip IV, the Council of Castile and the arrival of Mariana of Austria 92
The politics of memory in El Tuzani de la Alpujarra 113
'Seguid la guerra y renovad los danos' : implicit pacifism in Cervantes's La Numancia 131
Here and there, Aca and Alla : the origins of authority in Oviedo's Historia natural y general de las Indias 145
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