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Practising Places
Saint Teresa, "Lazarillo" and the Early Modern City


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Practising Places
Saint Teresa, "Lazarillo" and the Early Modern City

by Mercedes Maroto Camino (Author)



ISBN: 9789042013445


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Practising Places offers an original insight into the culture of early modern Spain in so far as the various fields explored here are seldom juxtaposed. Literary texts, urban views and paintings are analysed side by side in a hybrid cultural interpretation that is as cartographic as it is architectural, historical or literary. This book presents a "thick" description which focuses on the first picaresque novel, Lazarillo de Tormes, the autobiographical writing of Teresa of Avila, and the urban views of Spanish towns drafted or painted by Joris Hoefnagel, Anton Van den Wyngaerde and El Greco. These works embody and challenge the sense of grandeur and subsequent notion of crisis, which inhere in the period. In this way, they simultaneously highlight and question the centralism and social control of the absolutist Habsburg rules, illustrating the claim that space is as much a social product as a social producer.


ISBN 9042013443
ISBN13 9789042013445
Publisher Editions Rodopi B.V.
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/01/2001
Pages 188
Weight (grammes) 651.00
Published in Netherlands
Height (mm) 22
Width (mm) 15

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Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Planning the City 2. Producing the City: Bird's-eye Views in Early Modern Spain
3. Walking the City: Pilgrims, Walkers and Nomads 4. The Subject of Marginality 5. The Road, the Book and The Convent: Teresa of Avila's Topography 6. Narration and Navigation: The Topography of the "Buen Puerto" in Lazarillo de Tormes Conclusion: Tactics of the Weak, Strategies of the Strong Works Cited Index