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Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque

Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque
Transatlantic Exchange and Transformation

Investigating over forty key concepts from the perspectives of both Spain and Spanish America, this groundbreaking work of scholarship opens a vast new understanding of the profound cultural transfers and transformations that defined the transatlantic Spanish world in the Baroque era.

Series: Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowment in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture

January 2014
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366 pages | 8.5 x 11 | 91 photos |

Over the course of some two centuries following the conquests and consolidations of Spanish rule in the Americas during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries—the period designated as the Baroque—new cultural forms sprang from the cross-fertilization of Spanish, Amerindian, and African traditions. This dynamism of motion, relocation, and mutation changed things not only in Spanish America, but also in Spain, creating a transatlantic Hispanic world with new understandings of personhood, place, foodstuffs, music, animals, ownership, money and objects of value, beauty, human nature, divinity and the sacred, cultural proclivities—a whole lexikon of things in motion, variation, and relation to one another.

Featuring the most creative thinking by the foremost scholars across a number of disciplines, the Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque is a uniquely wide-ranging and sustained exploration of the profound cultural transfers and transformations that define the transatlantic Spanish world in the Baroque era. Pairs of authors—one treating the peninsular Spanish kingdoms, the other those of the Americas—provocatively investigate over forty key concepts, ranging from material objects to metaphysical notions. Illuminating difference as much as complementarity, departure as much as continuity, the book captures a dynamic universe of meanings in the various midst of its own re-creations. The Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque joins leading work in a number of intersecting fields and will fire new research—it is the indispensible starting point for all serious scholars of the early modern Spanish world.


List of Illustrations


Introduction: Technologies of Transatlantic Exchange and Transformation—Evonne Levy and Kenneth Mills

Afterlife (Spain)—Carlos M. N. Eire

Afterlife (Spanish America)—Ramón Mujica Pinilla

Animal (Spain)—Marcy Norton

Animal (Spanish America)—Marcy Norton

Cartography (Spain)—Ricardo Padrón

Cartography (Spanish America)—Alessandra Russo

Center (Spain)—Carlos M. N. Eire

Center (Spanish America)—Stephanie Merrim

Church: Interior (Spain)—Evonne Levy

Church: Interior (Spanish America)—Jaime Lara

Church: Place (Spain)—Jesús Escobar

Church: Place (Spanish America)—Michael Schreffler

City (Spain)—Jesús Escobar

City (Spanish America)—Richard L. Kagan

Clergy (Spain)—Gretchen Starr-LeBeau

Clergy (Spanish America)—Karen Melvin

Comedy (Spain)—Juan Luis Suárez

Comedy (Spanish America)—Frederick Luciani

Confession (Spain)—Sara T. Nalle

Confession (Spanish America)—Bruce Mannheim

Convent (Spain)—Elizabeth Lehfeldt

Convent (Spanish America)—Asunción Lavrin

Dream (Spain)—Enrique Fernández-Rivera

Dream (Spanish America)—Beatriz de Alba-Koch

Dress (Spain)—Amanda J. Wunder

Dress (Spanish America)—Gridley McKim-Smith

Engraving (Spain)—Ralph Dekoninck

Engraving (Spanish America)—Clara Bargellini

Epic (Spain)—Elizabeth B. Davis

Epic (Spanish America)—Paul Firbas

Food (Spain)—James Amelang

Food (Spanish America)—Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Governance (Spain)—Antonio Feros

Governance (Spanish America)—Alejandro Cañeque

History (Spain)—Richard L. Kagan

History (Spanish America)—Kathleen Myers and Pablo García Loaeza

Honor (Spain)—Scott K. Taylor

Honor (Spanish America)—Peter Gose

Inquisition (Spain)—Stefania Pastore

Inquisition (Spanish America)—Martin Nesvig

Knowledge (Spain)—Fernando Bouza

Knowledge (Spanish America)—Martin Oliver Carrión

Labor (Spain)—Ruth MacKay

Labor (Spanish America)—Kris E. Lane

Language (Spain)—Manuel Peña Díaz

Language (Spanish America)—Alan Durston

Library (Spain)—Jonathan E. Carlyon

Library (Spanish America)—Pedro Guibovich Pérez

Living Image (Spain)—Victor I. Stoichita

Living Image (Spanish America)—Thomas B. F. Cummins

Love (Spain)—Stephen Rupp

Love (Spanish America)—Sarah H. Beckjord

Miscegenation (Spain)—Cristian Berco

Miscegenation (Spanish America)—Ilona Katzew

Mission (Spain)—Benjamin Ehlers

Mission (Spanish America)—Kenneth Mills

Music: Cathedrals (Spain)—Greta Olson

Music: Cathedrals (Spanish America)—Bernardo Illari

Music: Convents (Spain)—Colleen R. Baade

Music: Convents (Spanish America)—Aurelio Tello

Music: Missions (Spain)—Francisco Luis Rico Callado

Music: Missions (Spanish America)—Piotr Nawrot

Opera (Spain)—Louise K. Stein

Opera (Spanish America)—José A. Rodríguez Garrido

Prayer (Spain)—Carlos M. N. Eire

Prayer (Spanish America)—Sabine MacCormack

Prophecy (Spain)—Felipe Pereda

Prophecy (Spanish America)—Ramón Mujica Pinilla

Rebellion (Spain)—Sir John H. Elliott

Rebellion (Spanish America)—R. Douglas Cope

Religious Drama (Spain)—Elizabeth Wright

Religious Drama (Spanish America)—Louise M. Burkhart

Saint (Spain)—Jodi Bilinkoff

Saint (Spanish America)—William B. Taylor

Science (Spain)—Thomas F. Glick

Science (Spanish America)—Daniela Bleichmar

Self-Fashioning (Spain)—Laura R. Bass

Self-Fashioning (Spanish America)—Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Ship (Spain)—Carla Rahn Phillips

Ship (Spanish America)—Frederick Luciani

Sin (Spain)—Allyson Poska

Sin (Spanish America)—Stuart B. Schwartz

Sodomy (Spain)—Cristian Berco

Sodomy (Spanish America)—Pete Sigal

Supernatural (Spain)—Andrew Keitt

Supernatural (Spanish America)—Fernando Cervantes



Evonne Levy, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto, is concerned with the art, architecture and historiography of the Baroque worldwide. She is author of Propaganda and the Jesuit Baroque (California, 2004) and co-editor with Maarten Delbeke and Steven F. Ostrow of Bernini’s Biographies: Critical Essays (Penn State, 2006).

Kenneth Mills, Professor of History at the University of Toronto, is an anthropological historian of religious and cultural transformation and re-creation in the early modern Spanish world. His works include Idolatry and Its Enemies (Princeton, 1997 and 2012 in paper), An Evil Lost to View (1994, Liverpool), and, with William B. Taylor and Sandra Lauderdale Graham, Colonial Latin America: A Documentary History (2002, Rowman & Littlefield).


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