Fiesta, Duelo Y Ascetismo. Cultura Simbólica En La Nueva España Y El México Independiente
Puebla: Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Dirección General de Publicaciones (Colección Ludens), 2022. First Edition. Paperback. 143p., facsimiles, bibl., wrps. New. Item #81644
"Fiesta, Duelo Y Ascetismo" reflects how symbolic and visual culture influenced and manifested itself from the 16th century, during New Spain, to expressions that occurred already into the 19th century in independent Mexico. Some of the paths it took during the viceroyalty and the last manifestations of the emblematic genre are explored, either as remnants of an ancestral knowledge for a few late-nighters or as an object of entertainment for scholarly spirits. Feast, mourning and asceticism are apparently oxymoral terms, but they reflect the contexts in which a combination of images -not always present, but described- was expressed with words. The structure of the emblem was key and had a wide use that went from books to public celebration, whether religious or political; in the funeral ceremonies of high dignitaries, or in monastic and even individual meditation. The author argues that the emblematic genre not only transcended the Renaissance and the Baroque, but that its structure is still a persuasive mess by itself, and that, as an instrument, it helps us to understand a symbolic culture that lasted during the New Spain period. and transcended it. Édgar Valencia is a publisher and academic, a teacher in Mexican literature from the UV, a doctor of letters from the UNAM and a specialist in Hispanic philology from the (SIC. He was in charge of the publishing houses of CIESAS and that of the Universidad Veracruzana; he was a founding member and national coordinator of the Altexto network, which brings together publishers from universities and higher education institutes in Mexico.It is attached to the Center for the Study of Culture and Communication at the Universidad Veracruzana.