Early Modern Madrid: The Cultural Creation of a Court Capital

2160M [CRN: 26037]

A city is not only made of buildings and streets but also texts and images that shape the way people understand and inhabit the urban environment. This seminar focuses on early modern Madrid, created as the seat of Philip II’s court in 1561 and transformed in the following decades into the capital of Spain’s far-flung empire. We will examine the role of culture in that transformation—the primary spaces and technologies of literary and artistic production, as well as its multiple genres and forms (e.g., novelas, plays,relaciones de fiesta, prints, maps,paintings). Primary sources will be complemented by readings in history and theory.
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