Baroque Spain and the Writing of Visual and Material Culture

Alicia R. Zuese

Baroque Spain and the Writing of Visual and Material  Culture

Alicia R. Zuese

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304 pages | 24 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Cloth $57.00 ISBN: 9781783167838 Published March 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Visual language plays a key role in baroque Spanish literature. By examining the pictorial episodes in Spanish baroque novellas, Alicia R. Zuese elucidates how writers create pictorial texts and how audiences visualize their words. The writers examined include prominent representatives of Spanish prose—Cervantes, Lope de Vega, María de Zayas, and Luis Vélez de Guevara—as well as lesser-known authors including Alonso de Castillo Solórzano, Gonzalo de Céspedes y Meneses, and an anonymous group in Córdoba. Applying methods from cognitive cultural studies, classical memory treatises, and techniques of spiritual visualization, Zuese breaks new ground by investigating how artistic genres and material culture help us grasp an audience’s aural, material, visual, and textual literacies.
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Viewing the Tale: Cervantes’s Portrait, Lope’s Hieroglyohics and Methods of Verbal-Visual Cognition

1. Image, Text and Memory in Illuminated Manuscripts and Early Print
2. Don Guijote and Don Juan: Collectors and the Collection as Models for Critical Inquiry into the Baroque
3. Material Representations of the World: Using Physical Texts and Fictional Expression to Create Literary Edifices
4. Emblems, Mediation and Memory: Mental Reverberations of the Novella
5. Fragmentation of the Protagonist and Society: Emblems, Anamorphosis and Corporeality 

Review Quotes
Patricia W. Manning, University of Kansas
“Alicia R. Zuese’s wide-ranging study elegantly argues that seventeenth-century Spanish works of fiction, and in particular novella collections, were profoundly impacted by visual media. Baroque Spain explores the nexus of literary analysis, cognitive studies, and visual and material culture, and will be of great interest to readers outside of Hispanic Studies.”
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