I’ve just recently read two great new works on the place of theater and plays in French history, Carol Symes’s A Common Stage: Theater and Public Life in Medieval Arras (Cornell, 2007), and Sara Beam’s Laughing Matters: Farce and the Making of Absolutism in France (Cornell, 2007). Both of these books do a fantastic job of integrating the content and performance of drama into the wider cultural and social trends of medieval and early modern France, both of them taking cliches about “theatricity” and “performance” in European history and making them come to life. Both have won prestigious prizes. With such a rich tradition in Spanish history of studying culture, on the one hand and such a rich tradition studying Golden Age drama, on the other, I feel like we need to take up this challenge! We need to emulate these path-breaking works that bring theater and performance into the realm of cultural and social history of early modern Spain.
Of course, Jodi Campbell has already taken a giant step in this direction, in Monarchy, Political Culture, and Drama in Seventeenth-Century Madrid: Theater of Negotiation (Ashgate, 2006). But more needs to be done to tear down the boundaries between the stage es of the corrales and the stages in the streets.
Is there anyone currently working on a project like Symes’s and Beam’s? Is there something published already that I’ve missed? Are there any graduate students out there looking for a dissertation topic?
Here’s an essay from last year: Allyson M. Poska, “A Married Man Is a Woman: Negotiating Masculinity in Early Modern Northwest Spain,” in Masculinity in the Reformation Era, ed. Scott H. Hendrix and Susan C. Karant-Nunn (Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2008). Here Poska finds that the demands placed on men in Galicia by elite notions of masculinity – and the inability of these men to meet these demands – encouraged their emigration from Galicia. A nice overview of elite Spanish concepts of masculine virtues.
Ashgate/Variorum has produced The Expansion of Latin Europe, 1000-1500, Vol. I, The Medieval Frontiers of Latin Christendom: Expansion, Contraction, Continuity, ed. James Muldoon and Felipe Fernández-Armesto. Included within are essays dating back to the early twentieth century from scholars such as Robert I. Burns and Charles Julian Bishko.
Ashgate has two new books on Iberian cities in the Atlantic World and beyond.
No articles, but several reviews for us in Gender and History 21 (April 2009):
Janka Rodziewicz reviews The Wealth of Wives: Law and Economy in Late Medieval London, by Barbara Hannawalt, and Women and Authority in Early Modern Spain, by Allyson M. Poska.
Two chapters of Beyond the Catch: Fisheries of the North Atlantic, the North Sea and the Baltic, 900-1850, ed. Louis Sicking and Darlene Abreu-Ferreira (Brill, 2009), feature Iberian themes.
Peter Pope’s “Transformation of the Maritime Cultural Landscape of Atlantic Canada by Migratory European Fisherman, 1500-1800,” includes Portuguese and Basque fishermen and their fishing camps in Newfoundland.
Inês Amorim’s “The Evolution of Portuguese Fisheries in the Medieval and Early Modern Period: A Fiscal Approach” looks at local fishing grounds, taxation, and argues that the regulation of fisheries devolved to local governments over the early modern period and that the argument that high taxation caused the fisheries to decline in the eighteenth century is wrong.
There are two reviews for us in the Journal of Modern History 81 (March, 2009):
The Hispanic Review: 77 (Winter 2009) is a special issue, featuring articles first given as papers at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, and now collected under the title, “Re-Envisioning Early Modern Iberia: Visuality, Materiality, History” (link requires Project Muse). It looks like a very interesting attempt to fuse the concerns and approaches of cartography, literature, art, and history. The issue includes five articles, with comment on each one:
No articles on Spain in the current Sixteenth Century Journal, but seven book reviews:
William A. Christian, Jr. reviews Benjamin Ehlers’ Between Christians and Moriscos: Juan de Ribera and Religious Reform in Valencia, 1568-1614.
Miranda Howard reviews Marta V. Vicente’s Clothing the Spanish Empire: Families and the Calico Trade in the Early Modern Atlantic.
James S. Amelang reviews Paintings for the Planet King: Philip IV and the Buen Retiro Palace, ed. Andrés Ubeda de los Cobos, and Velázquez, by Dawson W. Carr, Xavier Bray, John H. Elliott, Larry Keith, and Javier Portús, with additional catalogue entries by Simona Di Nepi, Gabriele Finaldi, Giorgia Mancini, and Wolfgang Prohaska.