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University of Minnesota Press
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In recent years there has been a revival of interest in the writings of Baltasar Gracián, a seventeenth-century Spanish Jesuit who explored the political uses of rhetoric. Gracián is best known in the United States for his bestselling collection of aphorisms entitled The Art of Worldly Wisdom, but his pragmatic  philosophy has been influential in Europe since the mid-seventeenth century. 

The essays in this volume focus on the relevance of Gracián’s writings in our own day, when the importance of rhetoric as a discipline necessary to manage public life is indisputable. Ranging in focus and theoretical perspective from Lacanian psychoanalysis to the sociology of everyday life, from considerations of aesthetics and philosophy to examinations of the culture of the baroque, these essays demonstrate that Gracián’s work offers insights into the deployment of rhetoric under the “New World Order.”

Contributors: Luis F. Avilés, U of Massachusetts, Amherst; Anthony J. Cascardi, U of California, Berkeley; David Castillo, U of Minnesota; Jorge Checa, U of California, Santa Barbara; William Egginton, Stanford U; Alban K. Forcione, Princeton U; Edward H. Friedman, Indiana U; Carlos Hernández-Sacristán, U of Valencia, Spain; Isabel C. Livosky, Knox College; Michael Nerlich, Technische Universität, Berlin; Oscar Pereira, U of Nebraska; Malcolm K. Read, SUNY, Stony Brook; Francisco J. Sánchez, U of Iowa.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: The Practice of Worldly Wisdom: Rereading Gracián and the New World Order
  2. Nicholas Spadaccini and Jenaro Talens
  3. pp. ix-xxxii
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  1. Part I. The Politics of Modernity
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Chapter 1 At the Threshold of Modernity: Gracián's El Criticón
  2. Alban K. Forcione
  3. pp. 3-70
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  1. Chapter 2 On Power, Image, and Gracián's Prototype
  2. Isabel C. Livosky
  3. pp. 71-88
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  1. Part II. Subjectivities
  2. pp. 89-90
  1. Chapter 3 Saving Appearances: Language and Commodification in Baltasar Gracián
  2. Malcolm K. Read
  3. pp. 91-124
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  1. Chapter 4 Surviving in the Field of Vision: The Building of a Subject in Gracián's El Criticón
  2. Luis F. Aviles
  3. pp. 125-150
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  1. Chapter 5 Gracián and the Emergence of the Modern Subject
  2. William Egginton
  3. pp. 151-169
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  1. Chapter 6 Gracián and the Ciphers of the World
  2. Jorge Checa
  3. pp. 170-188
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  1. Part III. Representations
  2. pp. 189-190
  1. Chapter 7 Gracián and the Art of Public Representation
  2. David Castillo
  3. pp. 191-208
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  1. Chapter 8 Symbolic Wealth and Theatricality in Gracián
  2. Francisco J. Sanchez
  3. pp. 209-229
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  1. Chapter 9 Gracián and the Scopic Regimes of Modernity
  2. Oscar Pereira
  3. pp. 230-254
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  1. Chapter 10 Gracián and the Authority of Taste
  2. Anthony J. Cascardi
  3. pp. 255-284
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  1. Part IV. The Politics of Everyday Life
  2. pp. 285-286
  1. Chapter 11 The Art of Worldly Wisdom as an Ethics of Conversation
  2. Carlos Hernandez-Sacristan
  3. pp. 287-304
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  1. Chapter 12 Gracián in the Death Cell
  2. Michael Nerlich
  3. pp. 305-354
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  1. Afterword: Constructing Gracián
  2. Edward H. Friedman
  3. pp. 355-372
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 373-376
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 377-394
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816687916
Related ISBN
9780816629114
MARC Record
OCLC
191934270
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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