Baroque: Figures of Excess in Seventeenth-Century European Art and German Literature (Hardcover)

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What is the Baroque? Where did it come from and where did it go? Why do we have to ask these questions? Because art historians seem largely satisfied with their answers and most scholars of German literature are not satisfied, yet have stopped asking.
This book discerns in the Baroque an aesthetic phenomenon that crosses both media and national boundaries in its celebration of excess and its disintegration of system, unity, and identity. The compositional principles and theoretical implications of the Baroque, as it first arose in Italian art, find expression in German poetics, drama, poetry, and narrative--expression accessible only through resolute close reading. Readings of Bernini, Borromini, Vel zquez, Rubens, Fracanzano, and de Hooch precipitate readings of Opitz, Gryphius, Fleming, Zesen, Hoffmannswaldau, and Grimmelshausen, demonstrating that seventeenth-century German literature both is Baroque and confirms what the Baroque is.

About the Author

Peter J. Burgard studied German language and literature, art history and philosophy at Johns Hopkins University, law in Cologne, German and English language and literature in Bonn and German language and literature at the University of Virginia. Since 1989 he has been teaching and researching German literature, art and intellectual history as a professor at Harvard University in Boston.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783770564002
ISBN-10: 3770564006
Publisher: Brill Fink
Publication Date: July 12th, 2019
Pages: 387
Language: English