The universal Baroque

By Peter Davidson

The universal Baroque


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2693-1
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: May 2018
  • BIC Category: Literature, Social & cultural history, Biography, Literature & Literary studies, HISTORY / Social History, Literature & literary studies / General


'The nation-state is the enemy of the baroque.' This is the point of departure of this radical, even revolutionary, re-examination of the cultural history of the early-modern world. Drawing on sources in six languages, many of them hitherto unavailable to the English-speaking reader, and touching on the visual arts, architecture, music and literature, this study frees the word 'baroque' from being a term of periodisation into being the descriptor for a network of circulation of ideas, words, plants, arts and energies which encompassed the totality of the early-modern world.

This challenging book also forces a reconsideration of many of the prejudices of the Anglophone perception of cultural history and in doing so opens to the reader a world of wonders: the allegorical dramas of Ireland and Belgrade; the arquebusier angels of Cuzco painting; the operas and festival music of Bolivia; the vertiginous architectural fantasies of the Jacobite exiles.


Peter Davidson is a Senior Research Fellow and Archivist at Campion Hall, The University of Oxford


List of Illustrations
1. British Baroque
2. Hybridity; Mestizaje; Cultural bilinguality
3. The Shape of the Baroque World: Learning the Baroque.
Epilogue: Giardini Buonaccorsi, The Opera of S. Francisco Xavier

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