Transcending Textuality: Quevedo And Political Authority In The Age Of Print

Paperback | May 13, 2011

byAriadna García-bryce

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In Transcending Textuality, Ariadna García-Bryce provides a fresh look at post-Trent political culture and Francisco de Quevedo’s place within it by examining his works in relation to two potentially rival means of transmitting authority: spectacle and print. Quevedo’s highly theatrical conceptions of power are identified with court ceremony, devotional ritual, monarchical and spiritual imagery, and religious and classical oratory. At the same time, his investment in physical and emotional display is shown to be fraught with concern about the decline of body-centered modes of propagating authority in the increasingly impersonalized world of print. Transcending Textuality shows that Quevedo’s poetics are, in great measure, defined by the attempt to retain in writing the qualities of live physical display.

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In Transcending Textuality, Ariadna García-Bryce provides a fresh look at post-Trent political culture and Francisco de Quevedo’s place within it by examining his works in relation to two potentially rival means of transmitting authority: spectacle and print. Quevedo’s highly theatrical conceptions of power are identified with court ce...

Ariadna García-Bryce is Professor of Spanish and Humanities at Reed College.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.4 inPublished:May 13, 2011Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271037768

ISBN - 13:9780271037769

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Crafting Royal Omnipotence

2. The Power of the Passion

3. The Agnostic Word

4. Vacuous Print

Epilogue

Works Cited

Index

Editorial Reviews

“García-Bryce brilliantly contextualizes within a multidiscursive sphere Quevedo’s conception of the arbitrariness of contemporary semiotic systems.”

—Carmen Peraita, Renaissance Quarterly