By David Castillo
---Anthony J. Cascardi, college of California Berkeley
"Baroque Horrors is a textual archeologist's dream, scavenged from imprecise chronicles, manuals, minor histories, and lesser-known works of significant artists. Castillo unearths stories of mutilation, mutation, monstrosity, homicide, and mayhem, and grants them to us with an inimitable aptitude for the sensational that still rejects sensationalism since it continues to be so grounded in old fact."
---William Egginton, Johns Hopkins University
"Baroque Horrors is an incredible contribution to baroque ideology, in addition to an exploration of the ugly, the terrible, the wonderful. Castillo organizes his monograph round the motif of interest, refuting the idea that Spain is a rustic incapable of equipped medical inquiry."
---David Foster, Arizona country University
Baroque Horrors turns the present cultural and political dialog from the accepted narrative styles and self-justifying allegories of abjection to a discussion at the background of our smooth fears and their huge offspring. while lifestyles and demise are severed from nature and historical past, "reality" and "authenticity" might be skilled as spectator activities and staged points of interest, as within the "real lives" captured through fact television and the "authentic cadavers" displayed world wide within the physique Worlds exhibitions. instead of considering digital truth and staged authenticity as contemporary 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. geared toward experts, scholars, and readers of early glossy literature and tradition within the Spanish and Anglophone traditions in addition to a person drawn to horror fable, Baroque Horrors bargains new how you can reconsider large questions of highbrow and political heritage and relate them to the fashionable age.
David Castillo is affiliate Professor and Director of Graduate stories within the division of Romance Languages and Literatures on the college at Buffalo, SUNY.
Jacket paintings: Frederick Ruysch's anatomical diorama. Engraving replica "drawn from lifestyles" by means of Cornelius Huyberts. photo from the Zymoglyphic Museum.
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