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Antinomies of the Twenty-First-Century Neobaroque: Cormac McCarthy and Demian Schopf  

Monika Kaup

Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road (2006) and Chilean artist Demian Schopf’s photographic exhibits embody the Baroque’s notorious contradictory nature: the baroque is at once joyful and sad. ... More

The Baroque City  

David Mayernik

The city was a primary theater of Baroque rhetorical projection. At once political, anagogical, and aesthetic, from its built form to the ephemeral structures and processions that animated ... More

Baroque Diplomacy  

Timothy Hampton

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 ... More

Baroque Discourse  

Christopher D. Johnson

This entry describes how discourse in the Baroque period variously functioned as a sophisticated, often subtle, and sometimes exorbitant means of mediating between words and things, ... More

Baroque Opera  

Downing A. Thomas

The fundamental assumption of commentators from the early modern period is that tasteful music functions simultaneously to express sentiment and to move listener-spectators. The three core ... More

Baroque Sexualities  

Gary Ferguson

In terms of sexuality, the Baroque period sees an evolution culminating in more clear-cut definitions and fixity: the establishment of two dimorphic sexes, which sustain physiologically ... More

The Baroque State  

Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

“Baroque” is not a political concept. To speak of the “baroque state” implies that the epoch denoted as “the baroque” by art historians (the late sixteenth to eighteenth centuries) has ... More

Court Spectacle and Entertainment  

Guy Spielmann

In the global history of spectacles, the baroque era constitutes an acme not only because it encompasses the most influential corpus of Western drama but also because of the unprecedented ... More

Decentering the European Imaginary: A Baroque Taste for India  

Faith Beasley

It is not a coincidence that the development of the baroque aesthetic occurred at the same time that France was experiencing its first sustained intellectual and artistic engagement with ... More

The End of Witch-Hunting  

Erik Midelfort

Most histories of witchcraft used to emphasize either the irrational, religious, or ecclesiastical sources of witchcraft prosecution, or else they portrayed witches as dissident women, ... More

Indian Voices in Early American Literature  

Joshua David Bellin

Print publication date:
Mar 2008
Online publication date:
Sep 2012
The Indians whom English colonists encountered did not possess written languages, and it was not until the nineteenth century that significant numbers of Indian authors began to publish ... More

Literature and Pornography, 1660‒1800  

Hal Gladfelder

This essay offers a critical overview of recent and current debates on the cultural significance of erotic, obscene, and pornographic writing from the long eighteenth century. The period ... More

Literature and Time in the Eighteenth Century and the Romantic Period  

Marcus Tomalin

This article explores how changing ideas about time and time-telling had a powerful and lasting impact upon the literature of the long eighteenth century (i.e., c. 1660–c. 1830). After a ... More

Pepys in Print, 1660–1703  

Kate Loveman

This article discusses the printed works produced by Samuel Pepys during his lifetime, along with significant references to him in print by his contemporaries. Pepys’s own print ... More

The Philosopher’s Baroque: Benjamin, Lacan, Deleuze  

William Egginton

This essay examines three twentieth-century intellectuals, Walter Benjamin, Jacques Lacan, and Gilles Deleuze, who, inspired by historical baroque thought or cultural production, developed ... More

Travel Literature and the Early Novel  

Cynthia Wall

Travel literature emerges in letters, diaries, journals, biographies, travel narratives, country house guides, ship’s logs, poems, plays—and the novel feeds on them all. From London as a ... More