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Baroque New Worlds


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Illustrations xi
Acknowledgments xiii
"Baroque, New World Baroque, Neobaroque: Categories and Concepts" / Lois Parkinson Zamora and Monika Kaup 1
Part One: Representation: Foundational Essays on Baroque Aesthetics and Ideology
The European Baroque
1. "On the Baroque" (1878) / Friedrich Nietzsche 44
2. Excerpt from the Introduction to Principles of Art History: The Problem of the Development of Style in Later Art (1915) / Heinrich Wolfflin 49
3. Excerpts from The Origin of German Tragic Drama (1928) / Walter Benjamin 59
4. Excerpt from Lo barroco, "The Debate on the Baroque in Pontigny" (1935) / Eugenio d'Ors 78
5. Excerpts from "The Concept of Baroque in Literary Scholarship" (1945, rev. 1962) / Rene Wellek 95
6. "Baroque in England" (1960) / Mario Praz 119
7. Chapter 2 from La folie du voir, "The Work of the Gaze" (1986) / Christine Buci-Glucksmann 140
The New World and the Neobaroque
8. Excerpt from "Savoring Gonjora" (1928) / Alfonso Reyes 165
9. Chapter 1 from Redescrubrimiento de America en el arte, "America's Relation to Europe in the Arts" (1936) / Angel Guido 183
10. "The Baroque in America" (1940) / Pedro Henriquez Urena 200
11. Chapter 2 from La expresion americana, "Baroque Curiosity" / Jose Lezama Lima 212
12. "The City of Columns" (1964) / Alejo Carpentier 244
13. Excerpt from "Questions Concerning the Contemporary Latin American Novel" (1964) / Alejo Carpentier 259
14. "The Baroque and the Neobaroque" (1972) / Severo Sarduy 270
15. Chapter 3 from Barroco, "Baroque Cosmology: Kepler" (1974) / Severo Sarduy 292
16. "The Rule of Anthropophagy: Europe under the Sign of Devoration" (1981) / Harolde de Campos 319
Part Two. Transculturation
Colonial Practice
17. "Gongora in Spanish American Poetry, Gongora in Luso-Brazilian Poetry: Critical Parallels" / Jorge Ruedas de la Serna 343
18. "Sor Juana and Luis de Gongora: The Poetics of Imitatio" (2006) / Jose Pascual Buxo 352
19. "American Baroque Histories and Geographies from Siguenza y Gongora and Balbuena to Balboa, Carpentier, and Lezama" / Timothy J. Reiss 394
20. "Baroque Quixote: New World Writing and the Collapse of the Heroic Ideal" / William Childers 415
21. "Baroque Self-Fashioning in Seventeenth-Century New France" / Dorothy Z. Baker 450
22. "The Fold of Difference: Performing Baroque and Neobaroque Mexican Identities" / Leo Cabranes-Grant 467
Part Three. Counterconquest
Postcolonial Positions
23. Chapter 2 from Ensayo de contraconquista, "From the Baroque to the Neobaroque" (2001) / Gonzalo Celorio 487
24. Chapter 1 from Barroco y modernidad, "The Baroque at the Twilight of Modernity" (2000) / Irlemar Chiampi 508
25. "The Novel as Tragedy: William Faulkner" (1970) / Carlos Fuentes 531
26. "Gongora's and Lezama's Appetites" (1978) / Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria 554
27. "Europe and Latin America in Jose Lezama Lima" / Maarten van Delden 571
28. "Seeking a Cuba of the Self: Baroque Dialogues between Jose Lezama Lima and Wallace Stevens" / Christopher Winks 597
29. Chapter from Poetics of Relation, "Concerning a Baroque Abroad in the New World" (1990) / Edouard Glissant 624
Bibliography 627
Contributors 645
Index 651

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An interdisciplinary anthology that charts the enormous importance of the baroque to the cultural life of the western hemisphere, from the 17th century into the present.

About the Author

Lois Parkinson Zamora is John and Rebecca Moores Distinguished Professor in the Departments of English, History, and Art at the University of Houston.Monika Kaup is Associate Professor of English and Adjunct Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington, Seattle.


"Baroque New Worlds demonstrates the great and continuing usefulness of 'Baroque' as a way of making connections that might otherwise be hard to see, and of giving visibility to a large, important, and still-unfolding event in cultural history."--Gordon Braden, author of Petrarchan Love and the Continental Renaissance "Baroque New Worlds is an important and often captivating anthology that brings together key thinkers and formative writings on the aesthetic, political, and cultural dimensions of the Baroque. Embracing a transhistorical approach, Lois Parkinson Zamora and Monika Kaup develop a rich understanding of the labyrinthine and slippery nature of the Baroque--from its European origins, to its adaptation within a New World context, to its Neobaroque metamorphosis in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This is a meticulously edited work that promises to become a key text on the Baroque and Latin American culture."--Angela Ndalianis, author of Neo-Baroque Aesthetics and Contemporary Entertainment

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