"David Castillo takes us on a travel of a few bad fabrics that experience infrequently been thought of jointly. He sheds a fantastical new mild at the baroque."
---Anthony J. Cascardi, collage of California Berkeley
"Baroque Horrors is a textual archeologist's dream, scavenged from imprecise chronicles, manuals, minor histories, and lesser-known works of significant artists. Castillo reveals stories of mutilation, mutation, monstrosity, homicide, and mayhem, and promises them to us with an inimitable aptitude for the sensational that still rejects sensationalism since it continues to be so grounded in old fact."
---William Egginton, Johns Hopkins University
"Baroque Horrors is a big contribution to baroque ideology, in addition to an exploration of the gruesome, the terrible, the glorious. Castillo organizes his monograph round the motif of interest, refuting the idea that Spain is a rustic incapable of prepared clinical inquiry."
---David Foster, Arizona country University
Baroque Horrors turns the present cultural and political dialog from the prevalent narrative styles and self-justifying allegories of abjection to a discussion at the historical past of our sleek fears and their mammoth offspring. whilst existence and loss of life are severed from nature and historical past, "reality" and "authenticity" will be skilled as spectator activities and staged sights, as within the "real lives" captured by means of fact television and the "authentic cadavers" displayed worldwide within the physique Worlds exhibitions. instead of deliberating digital fact and staged authenticity as contemporary advancements of the postmodern age, Castillo appears again to the Spanish baroque interval in look for the roots of the commodification of nature and the horror vacui that accompanies it. aimed toward experts, scholars, and readers of early smooth literature and tradition within the Spanish and Anglophone traditions in addition to an individual drawn to horror delusion, Baroque Horrors bargains new how one can reconsider large questions of highbrow and political background and relate them to the trendy age.
David Castillo is affiliate Professor and Director of Graduate reports within the division of Romance Languages and Literatures on the college at Buffalo, SUNY.
Jacket artwork: Frederick Ruysch's anatomical diorama. Engraving copy "drawn from existence" via Cornelius Huyberts. photo from the Zymoglyphic Museum.