The Spanish Arcadia : Sheep Herding, Pastoral Discourse, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Spain Hardback
The Spanish Arcadia analyzes the figure of the shepherd in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish imaginary, exploring its centrality to the discourses on racial, cultural, and religious identity.
Drawing on a wide range of documents, including theological polemics on blood purity, political treatises, manuals on animal husbandry, historiography, paintings, epic poems, and Spanish ballads, Javier Irigoyen-Garcia argues that the figure of the shepherd takes on extraordinary importance in the reshaping of early modern Spanish identity. The Spanish Arcadia contextualizes pastoral romances within a broader framework and assesses how they inform other cultural manifestations.
In doing so, Irigoyen-Garcia provides incisive new ideas about the social and ethnocentric uses of the genre, as well as its interrelation with ideas of race, animal husbandry, and nation building in early modern Spain.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 360 pages, 16 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press
- Publication Date: 20/12/2013
- Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9781442647275
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