Canines in Cervantes and Velazquez

Canines in Cervantes and Velazquez

An Animal Studies Reading of Early Modern Spain

eBook - 2013
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To date, no scholarly history of early modern Spanish dogs has been published. Aside from carrying out this task, this book evaluates the representation of dogs in the work of the artist Diego Velázquez and the author Miguel de Cervantes. In general, this study highlights the importance of Animal Studies in providing readers a fresh approach to the historical, artistic and literary complexity of early modern Spain.

Taylor
& Francis Publishing

The study of the creation of canine breeds in early modern Europe, especially Spain, illustrates the different constructs against which notions of human identity were forged. This book is the first comprehensive history of early modern Spanish dogs and it evaluates how two of Spain’s most celebrated and canonical cultural figures of this period, the artist Diego Velázquez and the author Miguel de Cervantes, radically question humankind’s sixteenth-century anthropocentric self-fashioning. In general, this study illuminates how Animal Studies can offer new perspectives to understanding Hispanism, giving readers a fresh approach to the historical, literary and artistic complexity of early modern Spain.

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Bringing the field of animal studies to the field of Hispanism, Beusterien (Spanish and comparative literature, Texas Tech University) focuses on 16th-century Spain. He examines the representation of dogs and their symbolic significance in the works of Cervantes and Velázquez and studies the relationships between humans and dogs as a cultural lens. The appendix is a discussion of animals and human identity, and the roots of racial terms in feelings connected with animals. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2013
ISBN: 9781409457145
1409457141
9781409457138
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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