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 promises 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 enormous contribution to baroque ideology, in addition to an exploration of the ugly, the terrible, the glorious. Castillo organizes his monograph round the motif of interest, refuting the idea that Spain is a rustic incapable of equipped clinical inquiry."
---David Foster, Arizona country University
Baroque Horrors turns the present cultural and political dialog from the time-honored narrative styles and self-justifying allegories of abjection to a discussion at the historical past of our smooth fears and their huge offspring. while existence and demise are severed from nature and heritage, "reality" and "authenticity" should be skilled as spectator activities and staged sights, as within the "real lives" captured via fact television and the "authentic cadavers" displayed around the globe within the physique Worlds exhibitions. instead of taking into account digital truth and staged authenticity as contemporary advancements of the postmodern age, Castillo seems 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 someone drawn to horror fable, Baroque Horrors bargains new how one can reconsider large questions of highbrow and political historical past and relate them to the fashionable 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 way of Cornelius Huyberts. picture from the Zymoglyphic Museum.
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