A Companion to the Spanish Renaissance edited by Hilaire Kallendorf makes a renewed case for the inclusion of Spain within broader European Renaissance movements. Its introduction, “A Renaissance for the ‘Spanish Renaissance’?” will be sure to incite polemic across a broad spectrum of academic fields.
This interdisciplinary volume combines micro- with macro-history to offer a snapshot of the best new work being done in this area. With essays on politics and government, family and daily life, religion, nobles and court culture, birth and death, intellectual currents, ethnic groups, the plastic arts, literature, popular culture, law courts, women, literacy, libraries, civic ritual, illness, money, notions of community, philosophy and law, science, colonial empire, and historiography, it offers breath-taking scope without sacrificing attention to detail. Destined to become the standard go-to resource for non-specialists, this book also contains an extensive bibliography aimed at the serious researcher.
Contributors are: Beatriz de Alba-Koch, Edward Behrend-Martínez, Cristian Berco, Harald E. Braun, Susan Byrne, Bernardo Canteñs, Frederick A. de Armas, William Eamon, Stephanie Fink, Enrique García Santo-Tomás, J.A. Garrido Ardila, Marya T. Green-Mercado, Elizabeth Teresa Howe, Hilaire Kallendorf, Henry Kamen, Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Michael J. Levin, Ruth MacKay, Fabien Montcher, Ignacio Navarrete, Jeffrey Schrader, Lía Schwartz, Elizabeth Ashcroft Terry, and Elvira Vilches.
Hilaire Kallendorf, Ph.D. (2000), Princeton University, is Professor of Hispanic and Religious Studies at Texas A&M University. She is the author of 4 monographs and 3 edited volumes, including
A New Companion to Hispanic Mysticism (Brill, 2010) and
A Companion to Early Modern Hispanic Theater (Brill, 2014).
Table of contents
AcknowledgementsFigures and MapsList of Contributors Introduction: A Renaissance for the ‘Spanish Renaissance’?Hilaire Kallendorf
Part 1 Politics and Government
Laying the Foundations for a Spanish Renaissance: Late Medieval Politics and GovernmentHarald E. Braun 2
Politics and Government in the Spanish Empire during the 16th CenturyFabien Montcher
Part 2 Empire and Ethnicity
The Spanish Colonial Empire in the Renaissance: Establishing the First Global CultureBeatriz de Alba-Koch 4
Ethnic Groups in Renaissance SpainMayte Green-Mercado
Part 3 Culture and Society
Daily Life and the Family in Renaissance SpainElizabeth A. Lehfeldt 6
Birth and Death in the Spanish RenaissanceStephanie L. Fink 7
ReligionHenry Kamen 8
Fashioning Disease: Narrative and the Sick Body in the Spanish InquisitionCristian Berco
Part 4 ‘High’ and ‘Low’
Nobles and Court CultureIgnacio Navarrete and Elizabeth Ashcroft Terry-Roisin 10
Popular Culture, Spanish Law Courts, and the Early Modern StateEdward Behrend-Martínez 11
Civic Ritual, Urban LifeEnrique García Santo-Tomás 12
Community and the Common Good in Early Modern CastileRuth MacKay
Part 5 Humanists and Their Legacy
Intellectual LifeLía Schwartz and Susan Byrne 14
Ladies, Libraries and Literacy in Early Modern SpainElizabeth Teresa Howe 15
Philosophy, Law and Mysticism in Renaissance SpainBernie Cantens
Part 6 Artistic Production
The Literature of the Spanish RenaissanceJ.A. Garrido Ardila 17
Painting and SculptureJeffrey Schrader 18
Visual Culture: Art and Ekphrasis in Early Modern SpainFrederick A. de Armas
Part 7 Currents and Currency
Spanish Science in the Age of the NewWilliam Eamon 20
Doing Things with Money in Early Modern SpainElvira Vilches 21
Historiography and European Perceptions of SpainMichael J. Levin BibliographyIndex
RSA members, specialists in Golden Age Spain and colonial Latin America, Renaissance Studies experts, graduate students, university libraries, and scholars of history, religion, law, philosophy, women’s studies, and private life.