Baroque Horrors: Roots of the Fantastic in the Age of by David Castillo

By David Castillo

"David Castillo takes us on a travel of a few bad fabrics that experience hardly been thought of jointly. He sheds a fantastical new gentle at the baroque."

---Anthony J. Cascardi, college of California Berkeley

"Baroque Horrors is a textual archeologist's dream, scavenged from vague chronicles, manuals, minor histories, and lesser-known works of significant artists. Castillo reveals stories of mutilation, mutation, monstrosity, homicide, and mayhem, and can provide them to us with an inimitable aptitude for the sensational that still rejects sensationalism since it continues to be so grounded in ancient fact."

---William Egginton, Johns Hopkins University

"Baroque Horrors is an important contribution to baroque ideology, in addition to an exploration of the gruesome, the terrible, the wonderful. Castillo organizes his monograph round the motif of interest, refuting the assumption that Spain is a rustic incapable of prepared clinical inquiry."

---David Foster, Arizona country University

Baroque Horrors turns the present cultural and political dialog from the regular narrative styles and self-justifying allegories of abjection to a discussion at the heritage of our sleek fears and their significant offspring. while existence and demise are severed from nature and historical past, "reality" and "authenticity" should be skilled as spectator activities and staged sights, as within the "real lives" captured by means of fact television and the "authentic cadavers" displayed world wide within the physique Worlds exhibitions. instead of taking into account digital truth and staged authenticity as fresh advancements of the postmodern age, Castillo seems to be again to the Spanish baroque interval in look for the roots of the commodification of nature and the horror vacui that accompanies it. aimed toward experts, scholars, and readers of early glossy literature and tradition within the Spanish and Anglophone traditions in addition to a person attracted to horror fable, Baroque Horrors bargains new how one can reconsider wide questions of highbrow and political background and relate them to the trendy age.

David Castillo is affiliate Professor and Director of Graduate experiences within the division of Romance Languages and Literatures on the collage at Buffalo, SUNY.

Jacket artwork: Frederick Ruysch's anatomical diorama. Engraving copy "drawn from existence" by means of Cornelius Huyberts. picture from the Zymoglyphic Museum.

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