Myth And Identity In The Epic Of Imperial Spain

Author: Elizabeth B. Davis
Editor: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826262158
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The first in-depth analysis of some of the most important epic poems of the Spanish Golden Age, Myth and Identity in the Epic of Imperial Spain breathes new life into five of these long- neglected texts. Elizabeth Davis demonstrates that the epic must not be overlooked, for doing so creates a significant gap in one's ability to appraise not only the cultural practice of the imperial age, but also the purest expression of its ideology. Davis's study focuses on heroic poetry written from 1569 to 1611, including Alonso de Ercilla's La Araucana, undeniably the most significant epic poem of its time. Also included are Diego de Hojeda's La Christiada, Juan Rufo's La Austriada, . Lope de Vega's Jerusalén Conquistada, and Cristóbal de Virués's Historia del Monserrate. Examining these epics as the major site for the construction of cultural identities and Renaissance nationalist myths, Davis analyzes the means by which the epic constructs a Spanish sense of self. Because this sense of identity is not easily susceptible to direct representation, it is often derived in opposition to an "other," which serves to reaffirm Spanish cultural superiority. The Spanish Christian caballeros are almost always pitted against Amerindians, Muslims, Jews, or other adversaries portrayed as backward or heathen for their cultural and ethnic differences. The pro-Castilian elite of sixteenth-century Spain faced the daunting task of constructing unity at home in the process of expansion and conquest abroad, yet ethnic and regional differences in the Iberian Peninsula made the creation of an imperial identity particularly difficult. The epic, as Davis shows, strains to convey the overriding image of a Spain that appears more unified than the Spanish empire ever truly was. An important reexamination of the Golden Age canon, Myth and Identity in the Epic of Imperial Spain brings a new twist to the study of canon formation. While Davis does not ignore more traditional approaches to the literary text, she does apply recent theories, such as deconstruction and feminist criticism, to these poems, resulting in an innovative examination of the material. Confronting such issues as canonicity, gender, the relationship between literature and Golden Age culture, and that between art and power, this publication offers scholars a new perspective for assessing Golden Age and Transatlantic studies.

The Jew S Daughter

Author: Efraim Sicher
Editor: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498527795
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An innovative study of the gendering of ethnic difference in Western society, Sicher’s multidisciplinary, comparative analysis shows how racialized images have persisted and helped to form prejudiced views of the Other.

Authority Piracy And Captivity In Colonial Spanish American Writing

Author: Emiro Martínez-Osorio
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1611487196
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This book studies the practice of poetic imitation and the themes of authority, piracy, and captivity in Juan de Castellanos’s Elegies of Illustrious Men of the Indies. The book offers a novel interpretation of the relationship between Castellanos’s poems and Alonso de Ercilla’s the Araucana and elucidates the complex poetic discourse Castellanos created to defend the interest of the first generation of Spanish explorers and conquistadors that settled in the New World in the sixteenth century.

Epics Of Empire And Frontier

Author: Celia López-Chávez
Editor: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 0806155221
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First published in 1569, La Araucana, an epic poem written by the Spanish nobleman Alonso de Ercilla, valorizes the Spanish conquest of Chile in the sixteenth century. Nearly a half-century later in 1610, Gaspar de Villagrá, Mexican-born captain under Juan de Oñate in New Mexico, published Historia de la Nueva México, a historical epic about the Spanish subjugation of the indigenous peoples of New Mexico. In Epics of Empire and Frontier—a deft cultural, ethnohistorical reading of these two colonial epics, both of which loom large in the canon of Spanish literature—Celia López-Chávez reveals new ways of thinking about the themes of empire and frontier. Employing historical and literary analysis that goes from the global to the regional, and from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, López-Chávez considers Ercilla and Villagrá not only as writers but as citizens and subjects of the powerful Spanish empire. Although frontiers of conquest have always been central to the regional histories of the Americas, this is the first work to approach the subject through epic poetry and the main events in the poets’ lives. López-Chávez also investigates the geographical spaces and landmarks where the conquests of Chile and New Mexico took place, the natural landscape of each area as both the Spanish and the natives saw it, and the characteristics of the expeditions in both regions, with special attention to the violence of the invasions. In her discussion of law, geography, and frontier, López-Chávez carries the poems’ firsthand testimony on the political, cultural, and social resistance of indigenous people into present-day debates about regional and national identity. An interdisciplinary, comparative postcolonial interpretation of the history found in two poetic narratives of conquest, Epics of Empire and Frontier brings fresh understanding to the role that poetry plays in regional and national memory and culture.

A Tale Blazed Through Heaven

Author: Oliver J. Noble Wood
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0198707355
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A Tale Blazed Through Heaven charts the development of representations of the mythological tale of Mars, Venus, and Vulcan from its origins in Classical Antiquity to its reception in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. Analysing in detail a number of works of literature and art from what is now known as Spain's 'Golden Age' -- the period of Cervantes, Velázquez, Calderón, and others -- it explores some of the reasons behind thepopularity of the tale amongst both canonical and less well-known writers and painters. In so doing, it sheds lights on a number of aspects of the literary and visual culture of the Early Modern period, both in Spain and, byextension, Europe as a whole.

El Imperio De La Virtud

Author: Jorge L. Terukina Yamauchi
Editor: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 1855663112
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Terukina ofrece una nueva biografía de Bernardo de Balbuena y analiza la compleja matriz interdisciplinaria de Grandeza mexicana (1604). Terukina offers an updated biography of Bernardo de Balbuena and analyzes the complex interdisciplinary matrix within which Grandeza mexicana (1604) is articulated.

The Politics And Poetics Of Sor Juana In S De La Cruz

Author: Dr George Antony Thomas
Editor: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409483614
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The Politics and Poetics of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz examines the role of occasional verse in the works of the celebrated colonial Mexican nun. The poems that Sor Juana wrote for special occasions (birthdays, funerals, religious feasts, coronations, and the like) have been considered inconsequential by literary historians; but from a socio-historical perspective, George Antony Thomas argues they hold a particular interest for scholars of colonial Latin American literature. For Thomas, these compositions establish a particular set of rhetorical strategies, which he labels the author's 'political aesthetics.' He demonstrates how this body of the famous nun's writings, previously overlooked by scholars, sheds new light on Sor Juana's interactions with individuals in colonial society and throughout the Spanish Empire.

Heroic Forms

Author: Stephen Rupp
Editor: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442619511
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Before he was a writer, Miguel de Cervantes was a soldier. Enlisting in the Spanish infantry in 1570, he fought at the battle of Lepanto, was seized at sea and held captive by Algerian corsairs, and returned to Spain with a deep knowledge of military life. He understood the costs of heroism, the fragility of fame, and the power of the military culture of brotherhood. In Heroic Forms, Stephen Rupp connects Cervantes’s complex and inventive approach to literary genre and his many representations of early modern warfare. Examining Cervantes’s plays and poetry as well as his prose, Rupp demonstrates how Cervantes’s works express his perceptions of military life and how Cervantes interpreted the experience of war through the genres of the era: epic, tragedy, pastoral, romance, and picaresque fiction.

Epic And History

Author: David Konstan
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444315646
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With contributions from leading scholars, this is a uniquecross-cultural comparison of historical epics across a wide rangeof cultures and time periods, which presents crucial insights intohow history is treated in narrative poetry. The first book to gain new insights into the topic of‘epic and history’ through in-depth cross-culturalcomparisons Covers epic traditions across the globe and across a wide rangeof time periods Brings together leading specialists in the field, and is editedby two internationally regarded scholars An important reference for scholars and students interested inhistory and literature across a broad range of disciplines