Beyond Sight: Engaging the Senses in Iberian Literatures and Cultures, 1200–1750

Edited by Ryan D. Giles and Steven Wagschal

© 2018

Beyond Sight, edited by Ryan D. Giles and Steven Wagschal, explores the ways in which Iberian writers crafted images of both Old and New Worlds using the non-visual senses (hearing, smell, taste, and touch).

The contributors argue that the uses of these senses are central to understanding Iberian authors and thinkers from the pre- and early modern periods. Medievalists delve into the poetic interiorizations of the sensorial plane to show how sacramental and purportedly miraculous sensory experiences were central to the effort of affirming faith and understanding indigenous peoples in the Americas. Renaissance and early modernist essays shed new light on experiences of pungent, bustling ports and city centres, and the exotic musical performances of empire. This insightful collection covers a wide array of approaches including literary and cultural history, philosophical aesthetics, affective and cognitive studies, and theories of embodiment. Beyond Sight expands the field of sensory studies to focus on the Iberian Peninsula and its colonies from historical, literary, and cultural perspectives.

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  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
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  • Page Count: 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Beyond Sight, edited by Ryan D. Giles and Steven Wagschal, explores the ways in which Iberian writers crafted images of both Old and New Worlds using the non-visual senses (hearing, smell, taste, and touch).

Beyond Sight: Engaging the Senses in Iberian Literatures and Cultures, 1200–1750

Edited by Ryan D. Giles and Steven Wagschal

© 2018

Beyond Sight, edited by Ryan D. Giles and Steven Wagschal, explores the ways in which Iberian writers crafted images of both Old and New Worlds using the non-visual senses (hearing, smell, taste, and touch).

The contributors argue that the uses of these senses are central to understanding Iberian authors and thinkers from the pre- and early modern periods. Medievalists delve into the poetic interiorizations of the sensorial plane to show how sacramental and purportedly miraculous sensory experiences were central to the effort of affirming faith and understanding indigenous peoples in the Americas. Renaissance and early modernist essays shed new light on experiences of pungent, bustling ports and city centres, and the exotic musical performances of empire. This insightful collection covers a wide array of approaches including literary and cultural history, philosophical aesthetics, affective and cognitive studies, and theories of embodiment. Beyond Sight expands the field of sensory studies to focus on the Iberian Peninsula and its colonies from historical, literary, and cultural perspectives.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "With particular respect to olfaction, Beyond Sight sheds light on the hierarchy of the senses."


    Asifa Majid, Center for Language Studies, Radbound University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

    "Presenting cutting edge material on the non-visual senses, Beyond Sight is a major contribution to research in the field of Iberian literary and cultural studies."


    Jonathan Burgoyne, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Ohio State University
  • Author Information

    Ryan D. Giles is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University, Bloomington.



    Steven Wagschal is a professor and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    Ryan D. Giles and Steven Wagschal

    Part I. Sensing Religion

    Chapter 1. The Breath of Lazarus in the Mocedades de Rodrigo

    Ryan D. Giles

    Chapter 2. Olfaction, Sin, and Grace in Berceo’s Milagros

    Víctor Rodríguez-Pereira

    Part II. Cognition and the Senses

    Chapter 3. Perception, Memory and Imagination in Don Qujxote

    Julia Domínguez

    Chapter 4. Taste, Cognition, and Redemption in Guzmán de Alfarache

    Robert K. Fritz

    Chapter 5. The Aesthetics of Disgust in Cervantes and Zayas

    Steven Wagschal

    Part III. Perception

    Chapter 6. Sight, Sense, and Scents in the Cancionero de Palacio

    E. Michael Gerli

    Chapter 7. The Physical Senses in Early Modern Galenism Debates and Prescriptive Domestic Literature

    Carolyn A. Nadeau

    Chapter 8. Cervantes’s Exemplary Sensorium

    Charles Victor Ganelin

    Part IV. Sensing Empire

    Chapter 9. The Senses of Empire and the Scents of Babylon in the Libro de Alexandre

    Emily Francomano

    Chapter 10. Portuguese Coastal Realms and the Delight of the Senses

    Josiah Blackmore

    Chapter 11. Eucharistic Thought and Imperial Longing in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Portugal

    Henry Berlin

    Chapter 12. Festive Soundscapes in Potosí and Minas Gerais

    Lisa Voigt

    Part V. Sensing the Urban

    Chapter 13. Celestial Visions and Demonic Touch: García’s Inventions in La verdad sospechosa

    Frederick A. de Armas

    Chapter 14. Motherhood, Interrupted: Sensing Birth in Early Modern Spanish Fiction

    Enrique García Santo-Tomás

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