Reason and Its Others Italy, Spain, and the New World

Ed. David R. Castillo and Massimo Lollini

By exploring manifestations of normative and non-normative thinking in the geopolitical and cultural contexts of Early Modern Italy, Spain, and the American colonies, this volume hopes to encourage interdisciplinary discussions on the Early Modern notions of reason and unreason, good and evil, justice and injustice, center and periphery, freedom and containment, self and other.

Introduction: Reason and Its Others in Early Modernity (A View from the South)
David Castillo and Massimo Lollini

Part I. Of Walls and Windows: Containment Machines and the Drive Towards the Unknown

  1. The Telescope in the Baroque Imagination
    Andrea Battistini
  2. Descartes in Naples: The Reception of Passions de l’âme
    Silvia Contarini
  3. Fernando de Herrera Invented the Internet: Technologies of Self-Containment in the Early Modern Sonnet
    Leah Middlebrook
  4. A Ritual Practice for Modernity: Baltasar Gracián’s Organized Body of Taste
    Bradley Nelson
  5. An Unreasonable Journey? The Place of Europe and Italy in Francesco Negri’s Viaggio settentrionale
    Nathalie Hester
  6. Baroque Sapphic Poetry: A Feminist Road Not Taken
    Dianne Dugaw and Amanda Powell

Part II. Of Houses and Cities: Early Modern Spaces and the Aporias of Baroque Reason

  1. The Foreigner and the Citizen: A Dialogue on Good Government in Spanish Naples
    John A. Marino
  2. The Baroque Public Sphere
    William Childers
  3. Reason’s Baroque House (Cervantes, Master Architect)
    William Egginton
  4. Spanish Mannerist Detours in the Mapping of Reason: Around Cervantes’ Novelas Ejemplares
    Julio Baena
  5. The Genealogy of the Sublime in the Aesthetics of the Spanish Baroque
    Anthony J. Cascardi

Part III. The West Wing: America and the Frontiers of Reason

  1. Sacrificial Politics in the Spanish Colonies
    Fernando R. de la Flor
  2. Bartolomé de las Casas on Imperial Ethics and the Use of Force
    George Mariscal
  3. Imperialism and Anthropophagy in Early Modern Spanish Tragedy: The Unthought Known
    Margaret Greer
  4. Reason and Utopia at the Imperial Borders: Modernity/Coloniality in the Jesuits’ Reducciones in Paraguay
    Fernando Ordoñez
  5. Universal History: Vico’s New Science between Antiquarians and Ethnographers
    Giuseppe Mazzotta

Afterword: Reasoning the Other
Luis Martín-Estudillo and Nicholas Spadaccini