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Literature and historiography in the Spanish Golden Age: the poetics of history

Sofie Kluge

Gold­en Age depar­tures in his­to­ri­og­ra­phy and the­o­ry of his­to­ry in some ways pre­pared the ground for mod­ern his­tor­i­cal meth­ods and ideas about his­tor­i­cal fac­tu­al­i­ty. At the same time, they fed into the period’s own „aes­thet­ic-his­tor­i­cal cul­ture“ which amal­ga­mat­ed fact and fic­tion in ways mod­ern his­to­ri­ans would con­sid­er coun­ter­fac­tu­al: a cul­ture where imag­i­na­tive his­tor­i­cal prose, poet­ry and dra­ma self-con­scious­ly rivalled the accounts of roy­al chron­i­clers and the dis­patch­es of diplo­mat­ic envoys; a cul­ture dom­i­nat­ed by a notion of truth in which skil­ful con­struc­tion of the argu­ment and exem­plar­i­ty took prece­dence over fac­tu­al accu­ra­cy. 

Lit­er­a­ture and His­to­ri­og­ra­phy in the Span­ish Gold­en Age: The Poet­ics of His­to­ry inves­ti­gates this grey area back­drop of mod­ern ideas about his­to­ry, delv­ing into a vari­ety of Gold­en Age aes­thet­ic-his­tor­i­cal works which can­not be sat­is­fac­to­ri­ly described as either works of lit­er­a­ture or works of his­to­ri­og­ra­phy but which belong in between these lat­er strict­ly sep­a­rate cat­e­gories.

Otherness and national identity in 19th-century Spanish literature

Mari­eta Can­tos Case­nave & Daniel Muñoz Sem­pere (Hrsg.)

Which were the mech­a­nisms by which cer­tain groups were posi­tioned at the mar­gins of nation­al nar­ra­tives dur­ing the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry, either via their exclu­sion from these nar­ra­tives of through their incor­po­ra­tion into them as ‘oth­ers’? By engag­ing with shift­ing ideas of exclu­sion and dif­fer­ence, the authors in this book reflect upon the para­dox­i­cal cen­tral­i­ty of the sub­al­tern at a time when lit­er­a­ture was deployed as a tool for nation build­ing.

The last­ing pres­ence of the Jew­ish and Moor­ish lega­cy, the por­tray­al of gyp­sy char­ac­ters, or the chang­ing notions of fem­i­nin­i­ty in pub­lic dis­course exem­pli­fy the ways in which images of mar­gin­al ‘types’ played a cen­tral role in the con­fig­u­ra­tion of the very idea of Span­ish­ness.

Vulnus amoris: The Transformations of ‘Love’s Wound’ in Medieval Romance Literatures

Gaia Gub­bi­ni

The con­cept of love’s wound has haunt­ed Euro­pean cul­ture for cen­turies. This book inves­ti­gates this fun­da­men­tal con­cept in Medieval French, Occ­i­tan, and Ital­ian lit­er­a­ture – with the pur­pose of trac­ing its trans­for­ma­tion through a selec­tion of medieval lit­er­ary mas­ter­pieces, sacred and pro­fane. The imagery of love’s wound is analysed with mul­ti­ple approach­es, con­sid­er­ing also rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the theme in man­u­script illu­mi­na­tions.

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