Conferencia Jeremy Lawrance: Literature and Power in the Baroque Republic of Letters. Universiteit van Amsterdam, marzo 3

The relationship between literature and power in the Baroque period, as exemplified for instance by the patronage of Philip IV of Spain’s favourite the Count-Duke of Olivares, is prone to anachronistic misunderstanding unless considered within the particular context of early-modern court society. Taking as my starting point Habermas’s concept of Baroque “representative publicity” and Norbert Elias’s sociological examination of the role of prestige and honour in the cruel and competitive world of absolutist court politics, and using as evidence a range of texts from the Spanish Baroque, I examine the emergence of the new concepts of “writing as a career”, “the writer as artist and intellectual”, and an autonomous “Republic of Letters” —developments that are now precisely dated by historians to the decades between 1600 and 1640—, in an attempt to portray precisely how these new concepts were shaped by the peculiar relation of literature to power in that period.

Lugar: OMHP (Oudemannenhuispoort) D0.09, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Día y hora: 3 de marzo de 2011, 15:00-18:00

Jeremy Lawrance es profesor de literatura española en el Deparment of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies de la Universidad de Nottingham

La lengua de la conferencia será el  inglés.

El conferenciante y su tema serán presentados por A. Sánchez Jiménez (UvA), que hablará (durante 1 hora) de Madrid en el siglo XVII y de las relaciones entre pintura y teatro en la época