Garcilaso de la Vega and the Material Culture of Renaissance Europe

By Mary E. Barnard

© 2014

Garcilaso de la Vega and the Material Culture of Renaissance Europe examines the role of cultural objects in the lyric poetry of Garcilaso de la Vega, the premier poet of sixteenth-century Spain. As a pioneer of the “new poetry” of Renaissance Europe, aligned with the court, empire, and modernity, Garcilaso was fully attuned to the collection and circulation of luxury artefacts and other worldly goods. In his poems, a variety of objects, including tapestries, paintings, statues, urns, mirrors, and relics participate in lyric acts of discovery and self-revelation, reveal memory as contingent and unstable, expose knowledge of the self as deceptive, and show how history intersects with the ideology of empire.

Mary E. Barnard’s study argues persuasively that the material culture of early sixteenth-century Europe embedded within Garcilaso’s poems offers a key to understanding the interplay between objects and texts that make those works such vibrant inventions.

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  • Page Count: 248 pages
  • Illustrations: 33
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.0in x 9.3in
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Garcilaso de la Vega and the Material Culture of Renaissance Europe examines the role of cultural objects in the lyric poetry of Garcilaso de la Vega, the premier poet of sixteenth-century Spain.

Garcilaso de la Vega and the Material Culture of Renaissance Europe

By Mary E. Barnard

© 2014

Garcilaso de la Vega and the Material Culture of Renaissance Europe examines the role of cultural objects in the lyric poetry of Garcilaso de la Vega, the premier poet of sixteenth-century Spain. As a pioneer of the “new poetry” of Renaissance Europe, aligned with the court, empire, and modernity, Garcilaso was fully attuned to the collection and circulation of luxury artefacts and other worldly goods. In his poems, a variety of objects, including tapestries, paintings, statues, urns, mirrors, and relics participate in lyric acts of discovery and self-revelation, reveal memory as contingent and unstable, expose knowledge of the self as deceptive, and show how history intersects with the ideology of empire.

Mary E. Barnard’s study argues persuasively that the material culture of early sixteenth-century Europe embedded within Garcilaso’s poems offers a key to understanding the interplay between objects and texts that make those works such vibrant inventions.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 248 pages
  • Illustrations: 33
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘Barnard’s studies of Garcilaso’s Naples period are excellent approaches to his politics and his representations of emotional states…. Barnard’s book is worthy of careful attention of anyone interested in Renaissance verse.’


    Eric Clifford Graf
    Renaissance Quarterly vol 69:01:2016

    ‘This book is an articulate and well-informed view of the poems that defined Garcilaso… Barnard’s sophisticated interpretations make an important contribution to our understanding of an author not coincidentally dubbed ‘principe de los peotas españoles.’


    Antonio J. Arraiza Rivera
    Bulletin of Spanish Studies vol 94:2017

    ‘Barnard’s book will prove to be of great interest and benefit to students of early modern poetry by offering a timely exploration of how objects allow a poetic speaker to constitute himself as a subject.’


    Felipe Valencia
    Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literature vol 71:02:2017

    ‘A vibrant, truly scholarly study that deserves pride of place in any collection (library or personal)… Essential.’


    K.M Sibbald
    Choice Magazine vol 52:12:2015

    “Garcilaso de la Vega was highly attuned to the material presence of things, and in his Neapolitan poems he wrote on a variety of items such as tapestries, paintings, urns, statues, musical instruments, and weapons as powerful carriers of culture. Barnard offers an original and sophisticated view of the nexus between object, text, and memory where even the body becomes a material site of inquiry, as a space for the investigation of melancholia as much as a celebration of earthly pleasures.  This is a magisterial take on Garcilaso’s exploration of the psychology of the self, on his engagement with cultural heritage, and on the interplay between orality and writing, and a timely intervention that connects his worldview with some of our most pressing concerns and fascinations with objects.”


    Enrique Garcia Santo-Tomas, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan

    “Mary E. Barnard’s book is a lively and original study of the presence and interplay of artifacts in Garcilaso de la Vega’s poetic texts. It is a welcome and timely contribution to our understanding of material culture in the Renaissance.”


    Maria Cristina Quintero, Department of Spanish, Bryn Mawr College
  • Author Information

    Mary E. Barnard is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at Penn State University.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    Note on Editions and Translations

    List of Illustrations

    Introduction: Engaging the Material

    Chapter 1: Weaving, Writing, and the Art of Gift-Giving 

    Tapestry Culture
    The Poem as Fabric: Weavers and Writers

    Chapter 2:  Empire, Memory, and History 

    An Archive in Cloth
    Unearthing Carthage

    Chapter 3: Objects of Dubious Persuasion

    The Lyre and the Viol(a)
    The Shell Boat
    A Marble Statue

    Chapter 4: The Mirror and the Urn

    At the Fountain of Narcissus
    The Urn’s Tale

    Chapter 5: Eros at Material Sites

    Weaver Nymphs in Crystal Palaces
    Daphne’s Scenographic Body
    Mapping the Humoral Interior
    Tablet of the Soul

    Chapter 6: Staging Objects in Pastoral

    Falling in Love with a Statue
    Mourning Becomes Material

    Conclusion

    Notes

    Works Cited

    Index

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