Affective Geographies: Cervantes, Emotion, and the Literary Mediterranean

By Paul Michael Johnson

© 2020

For Miguel de Cervantes, to narrate a Mediterranean experience is to necessarily speak of an emotional experience. Affective Geographies takes as its point of departure the premise that literature is as influential in constructing the Mediterranean as are its geographic, climatic, or economic features. As the writer with the most vast and varied Mediterranean experience of his era, Cervantes is exceptionally well-suited for the critical task of recovering the literary Mediterranean.

Engaging with the interdisciplinary fields of Mediterranean studies, affect theory, and the history of emotion, Paul Michael Johnson reads Cervantes’s texts alongside the affective structures that inscribe the Mediterranean as a space of conflict, commerce, expansion, and empire. In particular, he argues that Cervantes’s writing, with its uncommon focus on the Moorish, Islamic, and North African experience, can serve to realign misconceptions about the Mediterranean we have inherited today. Affective Geographies proposes that, with a more than four-hundred-year history of impacting the hearts and minds of readers, Cervantes’s works constitute a literary longue durée, ramifying beyond fiction to alter the popular imaginary and long-term cultural landscape.

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  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Illustrations: 12
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
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By reading the works of Miguel de Cervantes through the history of emotion, this book defies a series of long-standing commonplaces about the author’s writing and the Mediterranean region at large.

Affective Geographies: Cervantes, Emotion, and the Literary Mediterranean

By Paul Michael Johnson

© 2020

For Miguel de Cervantes, to narrate a Mediterranean experience is to necessarily speak of an emotional experience. Affective Geographies takes as its point of departure the premise that literature is as influential in constructing the Mediterranean as are its geographic, climatic, or economic features. As the writer with the most vast and varied Mediterranean experience of his era, Cervantes is exceptionally well-suited for the critical task of recovering the literary Mediterranean.

Engaging with the interdisciplinary fields of Mediterranean studies, affect theory, and the history of emotion, Paul Michael Johnson reads Cervantes’s texts alongside the affective structures that inscribe the Mediterranean as a space of conflict, commerce, expansion, and empire. In particular, he argues that Cervantes’s writing, with its uncommon focus on the Moorish, Islamic, and North African experience, can serve to realign misconceptions about the Mediterranean we have inherited today. Affective Geographies proposes that, with a more than four-hundred-year history of impacting the hearts and minds of readers, Cervantes’s works constitute a literary longue durée, ramifying beyond fiction to alter the popular imaginary and long-term cultural landscape.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Illustrations: 12
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "With clear and often elegant prose, Paul Michael Johnson’s battery of ideas about Cervantes are novel, captivating, scholarly, and endlessly engaging. Although this book addresses an audience of early modern scholars of Cervantes – and serves as a serious advance in state-of-the-art research – any reader wishing to learn about the workings of affect would benefit from it."


    Diana de Armas Wilson, University of Denver

    "Affective Geographies is a major contribution to research in both the field of Mediterranean Studies and emotion as a field of scholarly inquiry, particularly within the world of Cervantes studies. Paul Michael Johnson’s outstanding study represents literary history of the best kind: his scholarly text is also highly readable and engaging. Best of all, he is capable of balancing his serious scholarship with his imaginative insights in extremely elegant prose."


    María Antonia Garcés, Cornell University
  • Author Information

    Paul Michael Johnson is an associate professor of Hispanic Studies at DePauw University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations
    Acknowledgments

    Part One: Casting Off
    1. Introduction
    2. Connected (Hi)stories: The Cervantine, Literary, and  Affective Mediterranean

    The Historical Mediterranean
    The Literary Mediterranean
    The Affective Mediterranean
    Contesting a Sea of Discourses
    Deviations from Reason in a Sea of Diversity

    Part Two: Quixotic Passages

    3. Shadows of the Inquisition: Honour, Shame, and a Cervantine View of Mediterranean “Values”

    Anthropologies of Mediterranean Honour and Shame
    Visual Topographies of Shame
    Shame Punishments and Cervantes
    Blood Purity and the Art of Infamy in Don Quijote’s Encagement
    Conclusion

    4. A Mediterranean (Tragi)comedy: Sancho, Ricote, and the Emotional Politics of Laughter

    Gelotological Genealogies
    The Emotional Effects of Laughter, and Laughter as Affect
    Sancho and Schadenfreude, or Courtly Comedics
    From Sadism to Satire
    Laughing with Sancho and Ricote
    Conclusion

    Part Three: Other Ports of Call

    5. Suspended Admiration: Wonder, Surprise, and Emotional Exemplarity in La española inglesa

    Aesthetics of the Unexpected
    Early Modern Cultures of Suspension
    Tempering Fears, Tempering Sails 153 Ethical Solutions through Admiratio
    Conclusion

    6. Aporias of Love: Articulating the Ineffable in Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda

    Beyond Sentimentalism
    Aporias
    Ineffability
    Materiality
    Conclusion

    Afterword

    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index