The Baroque is back in contemporary culture. The ten essays authored by international scholars, and three interventions by artists, examine the return of the baroque as Neo-Baroque through interdisciplinary perspectives. Understanding the Neo-Baroque as transcultural (between different cultures) and transhistorical (between historical moments) the contributors to this volume offer diverse perspectives that suggest the slipperiness of the Neo-Baroque may best be served by the term ‘Neo-Baroques’. Case studies analysed reflect this plurality and include: the productions of Belgian theatre company Abattoir Fermé; Claire Denis’ French New Extremist film
Trouble Every Day; the novel
Lujuria tropical by exiled El Salvadorian Quijada Urias; the science fiction blockbuster spectacles
The Matrix and eXistenZ; and the spectacular grandeur of early Hollywood movie palaces and the contemporary Las Vegas Strip.
Contributors: Jens Baumgarten, Marjan Colletti, Bolívar Echeverría, Rita Eder, Hugh Hazelton, Monika Kaup, Peter Krieger, Patrick Mahon, Walter Moser, Angela Ndalianis, Richard Reddaway, Karel Vanhaesebrouck, Saige Walton.
Walter Moser, Ph.D. (1968) is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Ottawa. He is a renowned scholar who has published widely, including the edited anthology
Résurgences baroques. Trajectoires d'un processus transculturel, 2001.
Angela Ndalianis, Ph.D (1998) is Professor of Screen Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on entertainment histories. Her publications include
Neo-Baroque Aesthetics and Contemporary Entertainment (2004),
The Horror Sensorium (2012), and
The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero (2008).
Peter Krieger, Ph.D (1995) is Professor at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His recent book is
Transformaciones del paisaje urbano en México. Representación y registro visual, 2012.
Book Introduction—Walter Moser
Part One: Neo-Baroques
Part One Introduction—Walter Moser
1. Meditations on the Baroque—Bolívar Echeverría
2. Reconsidering Metatheatricality: Towards a Baroque Understanding of Postdramatic Theatre—Karel Vanhaesebrouck
3. Fabricating Film: The Neo-Baroque Folds of Claire Denis—Saige Walton
4. Baroque Affinities : Wölfflin, Visconti, the Baroque and the Films of Glauber Rocha—Rita Eder
5. Artist’s Essay: The Neo-Baroque and Complexity—Richard Reddaway
Part Two: Religion
Part Two Introduction—Angela Ndalianis
6. Afro-Caribbean Belief Systems and the Neo-Baroque Novel: The Duel of Faiths in Alejo Carpentier’s El reino de este mundo and Ludic Voodoo in Alfonso Quijada Urías’s Lujuria tropical —Hugh Hazelton
7. Temporal and Local Transfers: The Neo-Baroque Between Politics, Religion and Entertainment —Jens Baumgarten
8. The Religious Shines Through: Religious Remnants and Resurgences in 90s Cinema —Walter Moser
9. Artist’s Essay: Towers, Shipwrecks, and Neo-Baroque Allegories—Patrick Mahon
Part Three: Cities
Part Three Introduction—Peter Krieger
10. Symbolic Dimensions and Cultural Functions of the Neo-Baroque Balustrade in Contemporary Mexico City: An Alternative Learning from Las Vegas—Peter Krieger
11. Mexico City’s Dissonant Modernity and the Marketplace Baroque: Salvador Novo’s Nueva grandeza mexicana and Bernardo de Balbuena’s La grandeza mexicana—Monika Kaup
12. Baroque Theatricality and Scripted Spaces: From Movie Palace to Las Vegas Casinos—Angela Ndalianis