Culture and Authority in the Baroque

By Massimo Ciavolella and Patrick Coleman

© 2005

The cultural forms often referred to as ‘baroque’ are the most spectacular expressions of early modern Europe’s effort to mediate between knowledge and power at a time when political authority was being centralized, the authority of religion undermined by the division of Christianity, and science and poetry were seen increasingly as rival forms of intellectual authority. Culture and Authority in the Baroque explores the baroque across a wide range of disciplines, from poetics to politics, to the rituals of musical, dramatic, and religious performance.

The essays in this collection span what has been called the ‘baroque crescent’ stretching from Spain through Italy to Russia, but they also bring Shakespeare and English cosmological poetry into productive dialogue with continental Europe in the reinterpretation of baroque world-views. The editors, Massimo Ciavolella and Patrick Coleman, along with a group of eminent scholars from across the disciplinary and geographic spectrum, investigate baroque modes of persuasion with careful attention to the complexity of particular cultural phenomena and their political and aesthetic implications. This collection redefines the way the baroque will be understood.

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  • Page Count: 260 pages
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Culture and Authority in the Baroque explores the baroque across a wide range of disciplines, from poetics to politics, to the rituals of musical, dramatic, and religious performance.

Culture and Authority in the Baroque

By Massimo Ciavolella and Patrick Coleman

© 2005

The cultural forms often referred to as ‘baroque’ are the most spectacular expressions of early modern Europe’s effort to mediate between knowledge and power at a time when political authority was being centralized, the authority of religion undermined by the division of Christianity, and science and poetry were seen increasingly as rival forms of intellectual authority. Culture and Authority in the Baroque explores the baroque across a wide range of disciplines, from poetics to politics, to the rituals of musical, dramatic, and religious performance.

The essays in this collection span what has been called the ‘baroque crescent’ stretching from Spain through Italy to Russia, but they also bring Shakespeare and English cosmological poetry into productive dialogue with continental Europe in the reinterpretation of baroque world-views. The editors, Massimo Ciavolella and Patrick Coleman, along with a group of eminent scholars from across the disciplinary and geographic spectrum, investigate baroque modes of persuasion with careful attention to the complexity of particular cultural phenomena and their political and aesthetic implications. This collection redefines the way the baroque will be understood.

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Product Details

  • Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 0.9in x 9.3in
  • Author Information

    Massimo Ciavolella is a professor in the Department of Italian at the University of California, Los Angeles.



    Patrick Coleman is a professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Table of contents

    • Introduction
      MASSIMO CIAVOLELLA AND PATRICK COLEMAN
    1. Believing and Not Believing': Shakespeare and the Archaeology of Wonder
      PETER G. PLATT
    2. Philosophical Tours of the Universe in British Poetry, 1700-1729, Or, The Soaring Muse
      LORNA CLYMER
    3. Marino and the Meraviglia
      PAOLO CHERCHI
    4. I Would Rather Drown, Than Not Find New Worlds
      PAOLO FASOLI
    5. Truth and Wonder in Naples circa 1640
      JON R. SNYDER
    6. 'Particolar gusto e diletto alle orecchie': Listening in the Early Seicento
      ANDREW DELL'ANTONIO
    7. From Liturgy to Literature: Prayer and Play in the Early Russian Baroque
      RONALD VROON
    8. Reconciling Divine and Political Authority in Racine's Esther
      ANN DELEHANTY
    9. Apostles and Apostates: The Court of Peter the Great as a Chivalrous Religious Order
      ERNESTA ZITSER
    10. Self-Knowledge and the Advantages of Concealment: Pierre Nicole's 'On Self-Knowledge'
      JOHN D. LYONS
    11. The Baroque Social Bond in the Memoirs of the Cardinal de Retz
      MALINA STEFANOVSKA
    12. A Different Kind of Wonder? Women's Writing in Early Modern Spain
      LISA VOLLENDORF
    • Contributors
    • Index

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