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The Melancholy Void


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Introduction: The Melancholy and Masculinist Poetics in Early Modern Spanish Lyric
1. The Gendering of Lyric and Epic in Alonso de Ercilla's La Araucana (1569-1590)
2. The Apollonian and Orphic Masculinity of Fernando de Herrera's Algunas obras (1582)
3. Feminine Voice and Masculinist Aims in Miguel de Cervantes's La Galatea (1585)
4. Between Liuvigild and Ingund in Juan de Arguijo's Versos (1612)
5. "El melancolico vacio": The Origins and Fate of Lyric according to Luis de Gongora's Fabula de Polifemo y Galatea and Soledades (1612-1617)

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Felipe Valencia is an assistant professor of Spanish at Utah State University.


"Just for the wealth of lyric literary history discussed, Valencia's monograph is a valuable reference for students of early-modern Spain. The book convincingly demonstrates the links between lyric expression, melancholic subjectivity, and gender violence in early-modern lyric poetry. Its denunciation of gender violence in early-modern poetry helps open the door to necessary but difficult discussions about the harmful legacies of arch-canonical poets and the lyric poetic tradition more generally. The study of early-modern poetry in Spain will no doubt be better off for having the reckoning with gender violence proposed by The Melancholy Void."-Luis Rodriguez-Rincon, Caliope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry
"The Melancholy Void presents a trove of interpretive and scholarly riches . . . this book represents an important addition to the study of sixteenth-and seventeenth-century poetry. It will, no doubt, provides much food for thought and debate."-Maria Cristina Quintero, Hispanic Review
"The Melancholy Void: Lyric and Masculinity in the Age of Gongora provides valuable critical insights into literary theory, the concept of melancholy, and masculine versus feminine violence as focal points of Ealy Modern Spanish literature."-Salvatore Poeta, Hispania
"[The Melancholy Void is] a powerful and excellent study that suggests a viable route to see beyond longstanding critical approaches to the history and theory of la nueva poesia in early modern Spain and, more broadly, the history and theory of lyric poetry."-Andres Olmedo Orejuela, Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
"This is a terrific piece of scholarship that delves into the period of one of Spain's most important authors, Luis de Gongora. Felipe Valencia offers a fascinating genealogy of the lyric tradition, grounding it in a dazzling array of deep readings of primary texts, together with an insightful application of theoretical and critical secondary material."-Mary B. Quinn, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico
"An innovative way of looking at this important corpus of texts, shedding new light on crucial matters such as the ties between poetics, philosophy, affect, and rhetoric. The astute interlacement between poetic theory and melancholy as a way of understanding the masculine rhetoric present in the texts studied is convincing and insightful."-Rodrigo Cacho, faculty of modern and medieval languages at the University of Cambridge

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