A Tale Blazed Through Heaven: Imitation and Invention in the Golden Age of Spain

ISBN : 9780198707356

Oliver J. Noble-Wood
248 Pages
147 x 223 mm
Pub date
Oct 2014
Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs
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A Tale Blazed Through Heaven charts the development of representations of the mythological tale of Mars, Venus, and Vulcan from its origins in Classical Antiquity to its reception in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. Analysing in detail a number of works of literature and art from what is now known as Spain's 'Golden Age' -- the period of Cervantes, Velazquez, Calderon, and others -- it explores some of the reasons behind the popularity of the tale amongst both canonical and less well-known writers and painters. In so doing, it sheds lights on a number of aspects of the literary and visual culture of the Early Modern period, both in Spain and, by extension, Europe as a whole.


1. Mythological Sources: Classical Texts, Renaissance Contexts
2. Mythological Subtexts: The Art of Allusion
3. Mythological (Mock) Epics: The Stage of Honour
4. Mythological Burlesques: Pimps, Prostitutes, and Pacientes
5. Mythological Paintings: Velazquez and the Cult of Ambiguity

About the author: 

Oliver Noble Wood read for his undergraduate (BA) and postgraduate (MSt, DPhil) degrees at St Anne's College, Oxford. After completing his doctoral studies he spent four years at the University of Nottingham, as first a postdoctoral research fellow and then lecturer in Hispanic studies. He returned to Oxford in 2010 to take up his current posts as University Lecturer in Golden Age Spanish Literature and Fellow and Tutor in Modern Languages at Hertford College. He is also College Lecturer at St Peter's College.

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