The Spanish Arcadia: Sheep Herding, Pastoral Discourse, and Ethnicity in Early Modern Spain (Toronto Iberic)

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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 on a wide 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 that the 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 and ethnocentric uses of the genre, as well as its interrelation with ideas of race, animal husbandry, and nation building in early modern Spain.

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About the Author:

Javier Irigoyen-García is an associate professor of Spanish Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His previous work, The Spanish Arcadia, is also published by the University of Toronto Press.

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‘The Spanish Arcadia is a beautifully written, insightful and well-researched study. Irigoyen-Garcia provides a wealth of information about Spanish historiography and the fashioning of national identity.’

(Bárbara Mujica Bulletin of Spanish Studies vol 94:2017)

‘What makes this a great academic achievement is that it plays a big part in finding a meaningful global interpretation of the heterogeneous pastoral manifestation in early modern Spain.’

(Oiol Miro Marti Renaissance Quarterly vol 67:04:2014)

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