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Literature and Historiography in the Spanish Golden Age
The Poetics of History



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ISBN 9781032072432
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Golden Age departures in historiography and theory of history in some ways prepared the ground for modern historical methods and ideas about historical factuality. At the same time, they fed into the period’s own "aesthetic-historical culture" which amalgamated fact and fiction in ways modern historians would consider counterfactual: a culture where imaginative historical prose, poetry and drama self-consciously rivalled the accounts of royal chroniclers and the dispatches of diplomatic envoys; a culture dominated by a notion of truth in which skillful construction of the argument and exemplarity took precedence over factual accuracy. Literature and Historiography in the Spanish Golden Age: The Poetics of History investigates this grey area backdrop of modern ideas about history, delving into a variety of Golden Age aesthetic-historical works which cannot be satisfactorily described as either works of literature or works of historiography but which belong in between these later strictly separate categories.

Table of Contents

Introduction

 

I WRITING HISTORY

1 Theory of History

Calling for Plot

Platonic History

Ut pictura historia

Verisimilitude

True Falseness

 

2 Historical Prose

A General History

The Historian’s Toolbox

Alternative Histories

The True History

 

II POETICISING HISTORY

3 Theory of Poetry

Weaving a Story

Benefits of History

Writing Christian Deeds

 

4 Historical Poetry

A Historical Master

Popular Historiography?

Poetry as Counterhistory

The Voice of History

Destabilising Dream

 

 

III STAGING HISTORY

5 Theory of Drama

Cathartic History

Tragicomedy Takes the Stage

Theatrum Historiae

 

6 Historical Drama

Dramaturge of History

History-Errant

History as Divine Pageant

The Historian’s Hand

Doublespeak

 

Conclusions

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Biography

Sofie Kluge, PhD in Comparative Literature (2007) and Dr. Habil. (2014) from the University of Copenhagen. Currently associate professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern Denmark. Editor of Orbis Litterarum. International Review of Literary Studies. Member of the Academia Europaea. Author of four monographs and more than 40 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on a variety of literary historical and theoretical topics.