Casuistry and Early Modern Spanish Literature


Casuistry and Early Modern Spanish Literature examines a neglected yet crucial field: the importance of casuistical thought and discourse in the development of literary genres in early modern Spain. Faced with the momentous changes wrought by discovery, empire, religious schism, expanding print culture, consolidation of legal codes and social transformation, writers sought innovation within existing forms (the novella, the byzantine romance, theatrical drama) and created novel genres (most notably, the picaresque). These essays show how casuistry, with its questioning of example and precept, and meticulous concern with conscience and the particularities of circumstance, is instrumental in cultivating the subjectivity, rhetorical virtuosity and spirit of inquiry that we have come to associate with the modern novel.
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Marlen Bidwell-Steiner is a Senior Lecturer of Romance Studies, University of Vienna. She finished her habilitation in 2015 and her Ph.D. in 2007 and holds a grant of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for Casuistry and Early Modern Spanish Literature (2019-2023). Last monograph: Das Grenzwesen Mensch. Vormoderne Naturphilosophie und Literatur im Dialog mit postmoderner Gendertheorie (de Gruyter).

Michael Scham is Associate Professor at the Institute for Language and Literature, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim). He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University (1997), and is author of Lector ludens: The Representation of Games and Play in Cervantes (Toronto, UP).

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