- 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
Experience and knowledge in the baroque are inseparable from the question of style. But whereas style is generally linked to the use of ornamentation in principally decorative ways, style in the baroque is essential. It is essential to the construction of objects and it is likewise essential to our experience of them. Two areas to which this is key are figures of force and figures of form. Figures of force describe instances in which style and ornament are part of a dynamic ontology. Figures of form describe instances in which doubles and duplications are part of the essentially twinned nature of things. These instances and our experiences of them require forms of knowledge that defy the Cartesian wish to reduce things to their simple essences. They establish a materialist ontology that supports the project of self-invention through the resources of language and wit (ingenio).
Anthony J. Cascardi is Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Professor of Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, and Spanish. He is former Director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities and of the Arts Research Center. His many books include Literature and the Question of Philosophy (Johns Hopkins, 1987), The Subject of Modernity (Cambridge, 1992), Consequences of Enlightenment (Cambridge, 1999), and Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics (Toronto, 2012).
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