Poiesis and Modernity in the Old and New Worlds

Ed. Anthony J. Cascardi and Leah Middlebrook

This broad-ranging exploration argues that there was a special preoccupation with the nature and limits of poetry in early modern Spain and Europe, as well as especially vigorous poetic activity in this period. Contrary to what one might read in Hegel, the "prosification" of the world has remained an unfinished affair.

Anthony J. Cascardi and Leah Middlebrook

Part I. Poiesis on the Threshold of Modernity

  1. Poiesis and Modernity at the Turn of the Spanish Sixteenth Century: Luís Alfonso de Carvallo and the Cisne de Apolo (1602)
    Leah Middlebrook
  2. “Orphic Fictions”: Poesía and Poiesis in Cervantes
    Anthony J. Cascardi
  3. Spiders and Flies: Imagining "The World" in Early Modern European Natural Philosophy
    Christopher Braider
  4. Encyclopedism, Poiesis and Modernity
    Marina S. Brownlee
  5. From the Bibliotheca, to the Garden, and the Graveyard: Origins of the Poiesis of the Fantastic in Late Sixteenth-Century Miscellanea
    David Castillo

Part II. Case Studies: Poesía and Poiesis

  1. Writing Religion: Sacromonte and the Literary Conventions of Orthodoxy
    Seth Kimmel
  2. Scrutinizing Early Modern Warfare in Latin Hexameters: the Austrias Carmen of Joannes Latinus (Juan Latino)
    Elizabeth R. Wright
  3. Ribera’s Sagradas Poesías as Poiesis of Modernity in Colonial Potosí
    Leonardo García Pabón

Part III. English and European Contexts

  1. “A Super-Political Concernment”: Evolution and Revolution of Inward Light from Juan de Valdés to John Locke
    Julian Jiménez Heffernan
  2. Failed New World Epics in Baroque Italy
    Nathalie Hester
  3. How to Reconquer Poiesis? Florian’s Gonzalve de Cordoue ou Grenade Reconquise (1791)
    Fabienne Moore
  4. The Opacity of Language and the Transparency of Being: On Góngora's Poetics
    William Egginton
  5. Sense and Equivalence in Góngora and the Spanish Mystics: a Credit Crisis
    Julio Baena

Bradley J. Nelson