Alone Together: Poetics of the Passions in Late Medieval Iberia
The turn of the fifteenth century saw an explosion of literature throughout Iberia that was not just sentimental, but about sentiment. Alone Together reveals the political, ethical, and poetic dimensions of this phenomenon, which was among the most important of the substantial changes in intellectual and literary culture taking place in the crowns of Portugal, Castile, and Aragon. With careful analyses of lyric poetry, sentimental prose, and wide-ranging treatises in multiple languages, this study foregrounds the dense web of relations among these genres and linguistic and cultural traditions.
Drawing on Stoic and early monastic thought, authors such as the Marqués de Santillana, Ausiàs March, and Alfonso de Madrigal explored the unifying potential of shared emotion in an ethical rehabilitation that cut across the personal and political, exalting friendly conversation, civic communication, and collective poetic composition. In his readings of these authors, Henry Berlin references recent work on lyric theory and the history and theory of emotion, from classical antiquity to the modern day. An exploration of the political and poetic potential of shared emotion, Alone Together shows how a heuristic focus on the notion of passion is illuminating for broader ongoing discussions about the nature of emotion, the lyric, and subjectivity.
- Series: Toronto Iberic
- World Rights
- Page Count: 296 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationHenry Berlin is an assistant professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo SUNY.
Table of contents
Introduction: Courtly Conflict and the Passions
Part One: Friendship and Pleasure
1. Classical Rhetoric and Vernacular Theories of Social Integration
2. Alfonso de Madrigal, el Tostado, on the Politics of Friendship
3. Reason and Its Discontents
Part Two: Compassion and Consolation
4. Impassibility, Pity, Community
5. Passionate Quotation
6. The Impasse of the Courtly Reward
7. Confession, Consolation, and the Poetics of Hylomorphism
Conclusion: Tragic Enclosure
Subjects and Courses