- The Crisis of the Baroque
- Decentering the European Imaginary: A Baroque Taste for India
- Line and Trait of the Baroque River
- Water in The Baroque Garden
- Fashioning the Baroque Male
- Antinomies of the Twenty-First-Century Neobaroque: Cormac McCarthy and Demian Schopf
- The Automaton
- The Baroque City
- Surface and Substance: Baroque Dress in Spain and France, 1600–1720
- Baroque Dance
- Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism
- Baroque Organ Music
- Ottoman Baroque
- Baroque Opera
- Machine Plays
- The Organization of Knowledge from Ramus to Diderot
- Experience and Knowledge in the Baroque
- Conversation and Civility
- The Philosopher’s Baroque: Benjamin, Lacan, Deleuze
- The Spanish Baroque Novel
- Baroque Tragedy
- The Baroque as a Literary Concept
- Baroque Discourse
- Classical Defense of the Baroque
- The Baroque and Philosophy
- The Baroque as Anti-Classicism: The French Case
- Is There a Baroque Style of Preaching in Early Modern France?
- Prayer, Meditation, and Retreat
- Baroque Sexualities
- Paradoxes: Baroque Science
- Baroque Diplomacy
- The End of Witch-Hunting
- Time and Chronometry
- Court Spectacle and Entertainment
- The Baroque State
Abstract and Keywords
Between the the late sixteenth and the mid-seventeenth century, European diplomacy undergoes a dramatic expansion. New forms of representation and negotiation—summed up in Richelieu’s call for a “constant negotiation, ceaselessly and everywhere”—result in an increasingly complicated diplomatic world. These changes in practice are discussed in theories of diplomacy, but their implications may be most clearly seen in imaginary—that is, literary—depictions of diplomacy. The chapter studies a number of moments of diplomatic confusion, in plays by Shakespeare, Calderón, and Rotrou. It shows that these plays depict the changing political and moral role of the ambassador, the relationship between diplomacy and other forms of power, and the importance of new forms of communication. The essay also explores the largely neglected role of diplomacy in modern theories of the Baroque.
Timothy Hampton is the Aldo Scaglione and Marie M. Burns Distinguished Professor of French at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Writing from History: The Rhetoric of Exemplarity in Renaissance Literature (Cornell University Press, 1990), Literature and Nation in the Sixteenth Century: Inventing Renaissance France (Cornell University Press, 2000), and Fictions of Embassy: Literature and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe (Cornell University Press, 2009).
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