Roots of the Fantastic in the Age of Curiosities
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Michigan Press
Download PDF (33.2 KB)
Download PDF (64.4 KB)
This gallery of horrors takes readers on a journey through the early modern roots/routes of the fantastic in miscellany collections, sensationalist news, exemplary narratives, folktales, and legends. It puts the spotlight on a selection of works from the Spanish Golden Age (roughly 1550–1680) that is representative of the pan-European constellation of curiosities. This is a ...
Introduction: A Taste for the Macabre in the Age of Curiosities
Download PDF (348.7 KB)
Since the first public showings of plastinated corpses in Japan and Germany in the mid-1990s, audiences the world over have flocked to the controversial exhibits of German anatomist Gunther von Hagens. According to some estimates, von Hagens’ galleries of artificially manipulated cadavers have attracted tens of millions of spectators to make his BodyWorlds collection the most successful scientific exhibition ever. Arguably, Body Worlds owes some of its popularity ...
One - Miscellanea: The Garden of Curiosities and Macabre Theater
Download PDF (327.0 KB)
... As Marcel Bataillon says, “[e]ra el tipo mismo de la olla podrida que deleitaba a los robustos apetitos de la época” (Erasmo y España 637) (it is precisely the type of hodgepodge that satisfied the robust appetites of the period). In Spain, the second half of the sixteenth century is especially rich in works devoted to the compilation of all manner of curiosities. Much of this writing is explicitly pitched as entertainment ...
Two - Sins of Our Fathers (and Spouses): The Preternatural in Baroque Exemplary Tales
Download PDF (264.9 KB)
In his classic study La cultura del barroco(1975), Jos� Antonio Maravallcalls attention to the sensationalist aspects of seventeenth-century Spanish culture. He notes that the directed or guided culture of the baroque mobilizes irrational impulses in the service of values and beliefs that aid in the justification of the social order and the established system of authority. ...
Three - Zayas' Bodyworks: Protogothic Moral Pornography or a Baroque Trap for the Gaze
Download PDF (208.8 KB)
The sensationalist aspects of María de Zayas’ second collection of novellas, especially the extreme close-ups of tortured female bodies, have been linked to the manipulative aesthetics and propagandistic aims of of‹cial culture in baroque Spain (Maravall). Recently, Yvonne Jehenson and Marcia Wells have noted that although the repulsiveness of the Zayas’ portrayal of women’s bodies may distance it from...
Four - Monsters from the Deep: Lozano's Le cueva de H�rcules and the Politics of Horror
Download PDF (225.6 KB)
On September21,2004, Spanish ex-president José María Aznar delivered his inaugural address as Georgetown University’s distinguished scholar in the practice of global leadership. His highly publicized speech outlined “seven theses on today’s terrorism.” Aznar congratulated the bipartisan commission on the September 11 terrorist attacks for taking the lead in defining...
Download PDF (56.0 KB)
The seventeenth-century illusion of a purified Christian Spain demands a sacrificial cleansing: the expulsion of the Moriscos and the cleaning up of the past. The danger today is that the European Spain of the twenty-first century could make similar demands on itself. This is the point that Alexde la Iglesia makes in El d�a de la bestia (Day of the Beast ), in which...
Download PDF (97.6 KB)
Download PDF (28.7 KB)
Page Count: 204
Illustrations: 5 illustrations
Publication Year: 2010