The Oxford Handbook of the Baroque

ISBN : 9780190678449

John D. Lyons
944 ページ
171 x 248 mm
Oxford Handbooks

Few periods in history are so fundamentally contradictory as the Baroque, the culture flourishing from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries in Europe. When we hear the term Baroque, the first images that come to mind are symmetrically designed gardens in French chateaux, scenic fountains in Italian squares, and the vibrant rhythms of a harpsichord. Behind this commitment to rule, harmony, and rigid structure, however, the Baroque also embodies a deep fascination with wonder, excess, irrationality, and rebellion against order. The Oxford Handbook of the Baroque delves into this contradiction to provide a sweeping survey of the Baroque not only as a style but also as a historical, cultural, and intellectual concept. With its thirty-eight chapters edited by leading expert John D. Lyons, the Handbook explores different manifestations of Baroque culture, from theatricality in architecture and urbanism to opera and dance, from the role of water to innovations in fashion, from mechanistic philosophy and literature to the tension between religion and science. These discussions present the Baroque as a broad cultural phenomenon that arose in response to the enormous changes emerging from the sixteenth century: the division between Catholics and Protestants, the formation of nation-states and the growth of absolutist monarchies, the colonization of lands outside Europe and the mutual impact of European and non-European cultures. Technological developments such as the telescope and the microscope and even greater access to high-quality mirrors altered mankinds view of the universe and of human identity itself. By exploring the Baroque in relation to these larger social upheavals, this Handbook reveals a fresh and surprisingly modern image of the Baroque as a powerful response to an epoch of crisis.


1. The Crisis of the Baroque
John D. Lyons
Part 1. Visual, Spatial, and Performing Arts
2. Decentering the European Imaginary: A Baroque Taste for India
Faith Beasley
3. Line and Trait of the Baroque River
Tom Conley
4. Baroque Theatricality
Julia Gros de Gasquet
5. Water in the Baroque Garden
Stephanie Hanke
6. Fashioning the Baroque Male
Martha Hollander
7. Antinomies of the 21st-Century Neobaroque: Cormac McCarthy and Demian Schopf
Monika Kaup
8. The Automaton
Jessica Keating
9. The Baroque City
David Mayernick
10. Surface and Substance: Baroque Dress in Spain and France, 1600-1720
Lesley Ellis Miller
11. Baroque Dance
Jennifer Nevile
12. Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism
Paul Niell
13. Baroque Organ Music
David Ponsford
14. Ottoman Baroque
Unver Rustem
15. Baroque Opera
Downing A. Thomas
16. Machine Plays
Helene Visentin
17. Ornamentation
Michael Yonan
Part 2. Literary and Philosophical Writing
18. Organization of Knowledge from Ramus to Diderot
Emmanuel Bury
19. Experience and Knowledge in the Baroque
Anthony J. Cascardi
20. Conversation and Civility
Delphine Denis
21. The Philosopher's Baroque: Benjamin, Lacan, Deleuze
William Egginton
22. The Spanish Baroque Novel
Enrique Garcia-Santo-Tomas
23. Baroque Tragedy
Blair Hoxby
24. The Baroque as a Literary Concept
Katherine Ibbett and Anna More
25. Baroque Discourse
Christopher D. Johnson
26. Classical Defense of the Baroque
Helene Merlin-Kajman
27. The Baroque and Philosophy
Michael Moriarty
28. The Baroque as Anti-Classicism: The French Case
Larry F. Norman
29. Is There a Baroque Style of Preaching in Early Modern France?
Anne Regent-Susini and Laurent Susini
Part 3. Society, Institutions, and Practices
30. Prayer, Meditation, and Retreat
Mette Birkedal Bruun
31. Baroque Sexualities
Gary Ferguson
32. Paradoxes: Baroque Science
Ofer Gal
33. Baroque Diplomacy
Timothy Hampton
34. The End of Witch Hunting
Erik Midelfort
35. Time and Chronometry
Roland Racevskis
36. Court Spectacle and Entertainment
Guy Spielmann
37. The Baroque State
Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger
38. Saints and Baroque Piety
Thomas Worcester


John D. Lyons teaches at the University of Virginia and writes about early modern French literature and culture. He is the author of many books, including Tragedy and the Return of the Dead (2018), The Phantom of Chance: From Fortune to Randomness in Seventeenth-Century French Literature (2011), Before Imagination: Embodied Thought From Montaigne to Rousseau (2005), and French Literature: A Very Short Introduction (2010). He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to French Literature (2015). In 2007 he was named chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.