Ekphrasis in the Age of Cervantes

Frederick A. de Armas (Ed.)

2005
241 pages
$50.00
ISBN 9781611482355
LC 2005009238

Among the many ancient techniques that shift or become problematized during the Renaissance and the Baroque periods, this volume focuses on one in particular, that of ekphrasis. It is through the lens of experimentation with the technique of ekphrasis that we can view Cervantes' texts. Don Quixote can be studied through the constant contamination and agon between the visual and the verbal arts. This collection, then, seeks to foreground Cervantes' contributions to the tradition of ekphrasis, and utilizes this rhetorical device as synecdoche for Cervantes' innovations and transformations of art and thought during a period that has been called the Spanish Golden Age. The book renames this period as the Age of Cervantes and also seeks to show how not only Cervantes, but also his predecessors, contemporaries, and continuators viewed the relationship between the arts and particularly, the use of ekphrasis. Contributors include: Kathleen Bollard, Deborah H. Cibelli, Frederick A. de Armas, Eric Clifford Graf, Ana G. Laguna, Ignacio López Alemany, Cristina Müller, John Slater, Steven Wagschal, and William Worden. Frederick A. De Armas is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Humanities and Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago.

About the editor:

Frederick A. de Armas is Professor in Humanities at University of Chicago.

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