The Spanish Arcadia: Sheep Herding, Pastoral Discourse, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Spain

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Abstract

The Spanish Arcadia analyzes the figure of the shepherd in the sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Spanish imaginary, exploring its centrality to the discourses on racial, cultural, and religious identity. Drawing onawide range of documents, including theological polemics on blood purity, political treatises, manuals on animal husbandry, historiography, paintings, epic poems, and Spanish ballads, Javier Irigoyen-García argues thatthe figure of the shepherd takes on extraordinary importance in the reshaping of early modern Spanish identity. The Spanish Arcadia contextualizes pastoral romances within a broader framework and assesses how they inform other cultural manifestations. In doing so, Irigoyen-García provides incisive new ideas about the social andethnocentric uses of the genre, as well as its interrelation with ideas of race, animal husbandry, and nation building in early modern Spain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationToronto
PublisherUniversity of Toronto press
Number of pages345
ISBN (Electronic)9781442667662
ISBN (Print)9781442647275
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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Ethnic Groups
Early Modern Spain
Animal Husbandry
Discourse
Arcadia
Herding
Treatise
Manifestation
Purity
Nation-building
Racial Identity
Centrality
Historiography
Religious Identity
Blood
Cultural Identity
Ballad
Romance
Epic Poem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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The Spanish Arcadia : Sheep Herding, Pastoral Discourse, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Spain. / Irigoyen Garcia, Javier.

Toronto : University of Toronto press, 2013. 345 p.

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