Paperback 1986. English language, translated from the original Spanish. Slight dents to corners, crease on rear cover. Otherwise good condition.
Baroque culture appears fundamentally as the response given by the active groups of a society that has entered into crisis, in relation to the severe fluctuations in the seventeenth century economy. After discussing the validity of the same concept of "baroque", it draws a map of conflictuality and contemporaneous social tensions, manifest or latent. With this perspective, Professor Maravall can give full meaning to the cultural activity of the moment: directed, massive, Urgan and, in short, conservative.
Special attention is devoted to reconstructing the model of thought and perception that provides the assumptions of artistic and literary communication. The explanatory capacity of the approach is evidenced in all its strength -for example- by unraveling baroque stylistic features in so many modes of psychological action on the collectivity, clarifying the role of theater in its aesthetic peculiarity and in its public dimension, or discovering the objectives socio-political aspects of the use of audiovisual media. For that reason, the Baroque is presented to us -for the first time- as an authentic historical structure: that is, as a figure in which the set of facts endowed with internal articulation that constitute that time is shown, so that the total panorama and the details, explaining each other, they are appreciated as a system of connections.