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Author Castillo, David R., 1967-

Title Baroque horrors : roots of the fantastic in the age of curiosities / David R. Castillo

Publ Info Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  PQ6066 .C365 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xv, 177 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-174) and index
Contents Introduction: a taste for the macabre in the age of curiosities -- Miscellanea: the garden of curiosities and macabre theater -- Sins of our fathers (and spouses): the preternatural in baroque exemplary tales -- Zayas' bodyworks: protogothic moral pornography or a baroque trap for the gaze -- Monsters from the deep: Lozano's La cueva de Hércules and the politics of horror
Note "Baroque Horrors turns the current cultural and political conversation from the familiar narrative patterns and self-justifying allegories of abjection to a dialogue on the history of our modern fears and their monstrous offspring. When life and death are severed from nature and history, "reality" and "authenticity" may be experienced as spectator sports and staged attractions, as in the "real lives" captured by reality TV and the "authentic cadavers" displayed around the world in the Body Worlds exhibitions. Rather than thinking of virtual reality and staged authenticity as recent developments of the postmodern age, Castillo looks back to the Spanish baroque period in search of the roots of the commodification of nature and the horror vacui that accompanies it." "Aimed at specialists, students, and readers of early modern literature and culture in the Spanish and Anglophone traditions as well as anyone interested in horror fantasy, Baroque Horrors offers new ways to rethink broad questions of intellectual and political history and relate them to the modern age."--BOOK JACKET
LC subject Spanish literature -- Classical period, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism
Baroque literature -- History and criticism
Horror in literature
Fear -- History
Fear -- Political aspects
ISBN 9780472117215 (cloth : alk. paper)
0472117211 (cloth : alk. paper)