Rewriting Classical Mythology in the Hispanic Baroque

Rewriting Classical Mythology in the Hispanic Baroque

Edited by Isabel Torres

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Overview

Overview

The treatment of mythological material in the poetry, prose, drama, art and music of the Hispanic Baroque.
Thirteen essays engage with one of the most obsessive aspects of the Baroque aesthetic, a dedicated commitment in distinct artistic contexts to the treatment of mythological material. Within the various 'Baroques' uncovered, there is a single unity of purpose. Meaning is always negotiable, but the process of interpretation is dependent upon intertextual forms of understanding, and presupposes the active participation of the receiver. The volume explores how the paradigmatic mythical symbols of a Renaissance epistemological world view can be considered a barometer of rupture and a gauge of the contradictory impulses of the time.
Essays explore the differing functions of mythology in poetry (Quevedo, Espinosa, Góngora), prose (Cervantes), drama (Lope de Vega, Sor Juana, Calderón), art (Velázquez), and music (Latin American opera). Collectively they trace the dialectic of continuity and rupture that underpins the appropriation of classical mythology in the period; demonstrating that the mythological legacy was not as uniform, as allegorically dominated, nor as depleted of potential as we are sometimes led to believe.

ISABEL TORRES is Head of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at Queen's University, Belfast.
Contributors: JEAN ANDREWS , STEPHEN BOYD, D. W. CRUICKSHANK, TREVOR. J. DADSON, B.W. IFE, ANTHONY LAPPIN, OLIVER NOBLE WOOD, JEREMY ROBBINS, BRUCE SWANSEY, BARRY TAYLOR, ISABEL TORRES, D. GARETH WALTERS

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March 2007
1 colour, 4 black and white, 1 line illustrations
220 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855661387
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Tamesis Books
BIC GTB
BISAC LIT004280
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Con pretensión de Fénix -
`Al Cielo trasladado': Quevedo's Apotheosis Of Leander - D. Gareth Walters
River Gods of Andalusia: Pedro Espinosa's Fábula de Genil - Barry Taylor
Rewriting the Pastoral: Góngora's Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea - Trevor J. Dadson
Galatea Descending...Rereading Góngora's Polifemo Stanzas -
A Tale of Twe Serpents: Biblical And Mythological Allusions In Cervantes's El celoso extremeño - Stephen Boyd
The Wound And The Bow: Cervantes, Philoctetes And The Pathology Of Genius - B. W. Ife
Myth or History? Lope de Vega's Caballero de Olmedo - Anthony John Lappin
Pedro Calderón de la Barca's Eco Y Narciso: Court Drama And The Poetics Of Reflection - Jeremy Robbins
From Allegory to Mockery: Baroque Theatrical Representations Of The Labyrinth - Bruce Swansey
Mars Recontextualized In The Golden Age Of Spain: Psychological And Aesthetic Readings of Velázquez's Marte - Oliver Noble Wood
Ut pictura poesis: Calderón's Picturing of Myth - D W Cruickshank
Opera On The Margins In Colonial Latin America: Conceived Under The Sign Of Love - J. M. Andrews

Reviews

An interesting volume of essays that brings together work by some of the leading scholars in British and Irish Hispanic Studies. BRITISH BULLETIN OF PUBLICATIONS
Well-researched and engagingly written (...) the collection is notable for the consistent excellence of its essays. RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY
These elegantly-presented proceedings.constitute an eloquent statement of the current vigour and range of scholarship on the literary and artistic culture of Golden Age Spain in British and Irish Universities. Rewriting Classical Mythology is essential reading not only for those working on the Hispanic Baroque, but also for anyone interested in the reception of the Classics in the literature and art of the period. HISPANIC RESEARCH JOURNAL, vol. 9, No. 3, 2008

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