Sins of the Fathers: Moral Economies in Early Modern Spain
Sins of the Fathers considers sins as nodes of cultural anxiety and explores the tensions between competing organizational categories for moral thought and behaviours,
namely the Seven Deadly Sins and the Ten Commandments. Hilaire Kallendorf explores the decline and rise of these organizational categories against critical transformations of the early modern
period, such as the accession of Spain to a position of world dominance and the arrival of a new courtly culture to replace an old warrior ethos.
This ground-breaking study is the first to consider Spanish Golden Age comedias as an archive of moral knowledge. Kallendorf has examined over 800 of these plays to illustrate how they provide insight into aspects of early modern experience such as food, sex, work, and money. Finally, Kallendorf engages the theoretical terminology of Marxist literary criticism to demonstrate the inherent ambiguity of cultural change.
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- Page Count: 476 pages
- Illustrations: 15
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.5in x 9.3in
‘This is a superb scholarly accomplishment.’
The Catholic Historical Review; vol 100:03:2014
‘This book should be of particular interest to scholars of Jesuit Studies as it profoundly illuminates theatre’s contribution to the religious milieu of early modern Spain… Sins of the Fathers is an entertaining read written in energetic prose.’
Journal of Jesuit Studies vol 3:2016
‘An impressive piece of scholarship. It is exceptionally well documented, methodologically innovative, and engagingly written… Kallendorf has opened up new avenues of investigation for scholars of early modern Spanish theatre and culture. It would be a sin not to pursue them.'
Bulletin of Spanish Studies vol 93:2016
‘Who knew sin could be so much fun? Sins of Fathers proves just that in an engaging account of moral transgression on the early modern Spanish stage… Given its wealth of evidence, its readability, and, above all, relevance, this book is far more likely to awaken envy rather than sloth in the reader.’
Renaissance Quarterly vol 67:04:2014
“Sins of the Fathers makes an important contribution to the field of early-modern Spanish theatre studies. Attesting to a comparatist’s breadth of erudition, Kallendorf manifests a particularly wide range of knowledge about religious history and theology. As well, the catalogue-like openings to the different chapters are enjoyable and illuminating, enlivening the academic study with a vivid depiction of how different vices appeared on stage.”
Elizabeth R. Wright, Department of Romance Languages, University of Georgia
Author InformationHilaire Kallendorf is Professor of Hispanic and Religious Studies at Texas A&M University.
Table of contents
Table of Seven Deadly Sins and Ten Commandments
Part I: Residue
Chapter 1: Pride & Co.
Chapter 2: Greed Breaks the Bag
Chapter 3: Lusty Lads and Luscious Ladies
Part II: Transformation
Chapter 4: Loathe to Call it Sloth: The Plus Side of Pereza
Chapter 5: That Gnawing Hunger: The Plus Size of Gluttony
Chapter 6: Angry Young Murderers
Part III: Emergence
Chapter 7: Disappearing Deadlies: The End of Envy
Chapter 8: Parents and Lies: The Decalogue on the Rise
Bibliography of Primary Dramatic Sources
Subjects and Courses