Ideologies of History in the Spanish Golden Age

Ideologies of History in the Spanish Golden Age


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Ideologies of History in the Spanish Golden Age by Anthony J. Cascardi

Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was in the throes of modernization arising from trade with the New World and the rise of an urban society. During this period, Spanish culture came to be dominated by the tension between an old regime of traditional values—honor, lineage, purity of blood—and these modernizing influences.

Anthony J. Cascardi examines the literature of the Golden Age as the point at which tensions between the old and the new converged and proposes that this historical drama provided the context for subject-formation in early modern Spain. He examines how Spanish writers envisioned history and studies how these visions revealed or concealed contradictions between social values of their time, particularly between the value systems of caste and class.

Ideologies of History in the Spanish Golden Age draws on recent theoretical paradigms in contemporary philosophy, psychoanalysis, political and social theory, and literary history to place Spain's major literary figures in challenging new contexts. By accounting for both modernizing desires and resistances to modernization, Cascardi provides readers interested in theories of ideology and history with a new way of looking at the literature of the Spanish Golden Age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271016689
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 10/20/1997
Series: Studies in Romance Literatures
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Anthony J. Cascardi is Professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, and the editor of the Press's Literature and Philosophy series. He is the author of The Subject of Modernity, among numerous other works.

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