"David Castillo takes us on a travel of a few awful fabrics that experience not often been thought of jointly. He sheds a fantastical new mild at the baroque."
---Anthony J. Cascardi, college of California Berkeley
"Baroque Horrors is a textual archeologist's dream, scavenged from vague chronicles, manuals, minor histories, and lesser-known works of significant artists. Castillo unearths stories of mutilation, mutation, monstrosity, homicide, and mayhem, and offers them to us with an inimitable aptitude for the sensational that still rejects sensationalism since it continues to be so grounded in ancient fact."
---William Egginton, Johns Hopkins University
"Baroque Horrors is a big contribution to baroque ideology, in addition to an exploration of the ugly, the terrible, the wonderful. Castillo organizes his monograph round the motif of interest, refuting the assumption that Spain is a rustic incapable of equipped medical inquiry."
---David Foster, Arizona nation University
Baroque Horrors turns the present cultural and political dialog from the everyday narrative styles and self-justifying allegories of abjection to a discussion at the heritage of our glossy fears and their substantial offspring. while existence and demise are severed from nature and heritage, "reality" and "authenticity" could be skilled as spectator activities and staged points of interest, as within the "real lives" captured via truth television and the "authentic cadavers" displayed around the globe within the physique Worlds exhibitions. instead of considering digital truth and staged authenticity as contemporary advancements of the postmodern age, Castillo appears again to the Spanish baroque interval in look for the roots of the commodification of nature and the horror vacui that accompanies it. geared toward experts, scholars, and readers of early smooth literature and tradition within the Spanish and Anglophone traditions in addition to someone drawn to horror myth, Baroque Horrors deals new how you can reconsider huge questions of highbrow and political heritage and relate them to the fashionable age.
David Castillo is affiliate Professor and Director of Graduate reports within the division of Romance Languages and Literatures on the collage at Buffalo, SUNY.
Jacket artwork: Frederick Ruysch's anatomical diorama. Engraving copy "drawn from existence" through Cornelius Huyberts. picture from the Zymoglyphic Museum.