The Spectacular City, Mexico, and Colonial Hispanic Literary Culture

Paperback | November 15, 2011

byStephanie Merrim

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The Spectacular City, Mexico, and Colonial Hispanic Literary Culture tracks the three spectacular forces of New World literary culture—cities, festivals, and wonder—from the sixteenth to the seventeenth century, from the Old World to the New, and from Mexico to Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. It treats a multitude of imperialist and anti-imperialist texts in depth, including poetry, drama, protofiction, historiography, and journalism. While several of the landmark authors studied, including Hernán Cortés and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, are familiar, others have received remarkably little critical attention. Similarly, in spotlighting creole writers, Merrim reveals an intertextual tradition in Mexico that spans two centuries. Because the spectacular city reaches its peak in the seventeenth century, Merrim's book also theorizes and details the spirited work of the New World Baroque. The result is the rich examination of a trajectory that leads from the Renaissance ordered city to the energetic revolts of the spectacular city and the New World Baroque.

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The Spectacular City, Mexico, and Colonial Hispanic Literary Culture tracks the three spectacular forces of New World literary culture—cities, festivals, and wonder—from the sixteenth to the seventeenth century, from the Old World to the New, and from Mexico to Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. It treats a multitude of imperialist and anti-...

STEPHANIE MERRIM is Royce Family Professor of Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies at Brown University. Her previous books include Early Modern Women’s Writing and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:377 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292737467

ISBN - 13:9780292737464

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction. Road MapChapter 1. Agile Platforms of the Spectacular City: The New World and the OldChapter 2. Order and ConcertChapter 3. Balbuena's "La grandeza mexicana" and the Advent of the Spectacular CityChapter 4. Balbuena's Spectacular City and the Creole Cause Chapter 5. Engaging Plurality: Baroque Plenitude and the Spectacular City in MexicoChapter 6. "To Know the All": The Spectacular Esoteric City in MexicoChapter 7. Babel: Wild Work of the New World BaroqueAppendix. Chronology of Principal WorksNotesWorks CitedIndex