Baroque Sovereignty

Baroque Sovereignty

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In the seventeenth century, even as the Spanish Habsburg monarchy entered its irreversible decline, the capital of its most important overseas territory was flourishing. Nexus of both Atlantic and Pacific trade routes and home to an ethnically diverse population, Mexico City produced a distinctive Baroque culture that combined local and European influences. In this context, the American-born descendants of European immigrantsa€”or creoles, as they called themselvesa€”began to envision a new society beyond the terms of Spanish imperialism, and the writings of the Mexican polymath Carlos de SigA¼enza y GA³ngora (1645-1700) were instrumental in this process. Mathematician, antiquarian, poet, and secular priest, SigA¼enza authored works on such topics as the 1680 comet, the defense of New Spain, pre-Columbian history, and the massive 1692 Mexico City riot. He wrote all of these, in his words, qout of love for my patria.q Through readings of SigA¼enza y GA³ngora's diverse works, Baroque Sovereignty locates the colonial Baroque at the crossroads of a conflicted Spanish imperial rule and the political imaginary of an emergent local elite. Arguing that Spanish imperialism was founded on an ideal of Christian conversion no longer applicable at the end of the seventeenth century, More discovers in SigA¼enza y GA³ngora's works an alternative basis for local governance. The creole archive, understood as both the collection of local artifacts and their interpretation, solved the intractable problem of Spanish imperial sovereignty by establishing a material genealogy and authority for New Spain's creole elite. In an analysis that contributes substantially to early modern colonial studies and theories of memory and knowledge, More posits the centrality of the creole archive for understanding how a local political imaginary emerged from the ruins of Spanish imperialism.Carlos de Siguenza Y Gongora and the Creole Archive of Colonial Mexico Anna More ... Printed in 1683 under the title of Triunfo parthAcnico (Parthenic Triumph), the resulting catalogue is one of the most complete collections of Baroque poetry in viceregal Mexico.1 Most of the work reproduces the winning poems for the two poetic jousts, for which poets had been asked to ... The winning poems were a decisive display of the viceroyaltya#39;s talents in composing acrostics, anagrams, anbsp;...

Title:Baroque Sovereignty
Author: Anna More
Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press - 2012-11-29

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