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

A Tale Blazed Through Heaven examines developments in the representation of the classical tale of Mars, Venus, and Vulcan in the literature and painting of the Golden Age of Spain (c.1526-1681). Anchored in close analysis of individual primary texts, the five chapters that comprise this study assess how poets and painters breathed new life into the tale inherited from Homer, Ovid, and others, examining some of the ways in which the story of Mars, Venus, and Vulcan was disguised, developed, expanded, mocked, combined with or played off against different subjects, or otherwise modified in order to pique the interest of successive generations of readers and viewers. Each chapter discusses what particular changes and shifts in emphasis reveal about the tale itself, specific renderings, the aims and intentions of individual poets and painters, and the wider context of the literary and visual culture of Early Modern Spain. Discussing a range of poems by both canonical (Garcilaso de la Vega, Luis de Gongora, Lope de Vega, etc.) and less well-known writers (Juan de la Cueva, Alonso de Castillo Solorzano, Salvador Jacinto Polo de Medina, etc.), and culminating in detailed examination of select mythological works by Philip IV's court painter, Diego Velazquez, this book sheds light on questions relating to aspects of classical reception in the Renaissance, the rise of specific poetic styles (epic, mock-epic, burlesque, etc.), the interplay between the sister arts of poetry and painting, and the continual process of imitation and invention that was one of the defining features of the Spanish Golden Age.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780198707356
Publication date: 30th October 2014
Author: Oliver J. (University Lecturer in Golden Age Spanish Literature; Fellow and Tutor in Modern Languages, Hertford Col Noble-Wood
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 248 pages
Categories: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literary studies: poetry & poets, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,

About Oliver J. (University Lecturer in Golden Age Spanish Literature; Fellow and Tutor in Modern Languages, Hertford Col Noble-Wood

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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