Rhetoric and Politics. Gracian and the New World Order

Ed. Nicholas Spadaccini and Jenaro Talens
The work of the Spanish Jesuit Baltasar Gracián (whose Art of Wordly Wisdom has enjoyed considerable success in Europe and, recently, in the U.S.) becomes the starting point for a discussion on the political uses of rhetoric, from early modern times to the present.

The Practice of Worldly Wisdom: Rereading Gracián and The New World Order
Nicholas Spadaccini and Jenaro Talens

Part I. The Politics of Modernity

  1. At the Threshold of Modernity: Gracián’s El Criticón
    Alban K. Forcione
  2. On Power, Image, and Gracián’s Prototype
    Isabel C. Livosky

Part II. Subjectivities

  1. Saving Appearances: Language and Commodification in Baltasar Gracián
    Malcolm K. Read
  2. Surviving in the Field of Vision: The Building of a Subject in Gracián’s El Criticón
    Luis F. Avilés
  3. Gracián and the Emergence of the Modern Subject
    William Egginton
  4. Gracián and the Ciphers of the World
    Jorge Checa

Part III. Representations

  1. Gracián and the Art of Public Representation
    David Castillo
  2. Symbolic Wealth and Theatricality in Gracián
    Francisco J. Sánchez
  3. Gracián and the Scopic Regimes of Modernity
    Oscar Pereira
  4. Gracián and the Authority of Taste
    Anthony J. Cascardi

Part IV. The Politics of Everyday Life

  1. The Art of Worldly Wisdom as an Ethics of Conversation
    Carlos Hernández-Sacristán
  2. Gracián in the Death Cell
    Michael Nerlich

Constructing Gracián
Edward H. Friedman