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, Gongora], prose [Cervantes], drama [Lope de Vega, Sor Juana, Calderon], art [Velazquez], 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
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm
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