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Honor and Violence in Golden Age Spain$
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Scott K. Taylor

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300126853

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300126853.001.0001

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Honor and Violence in Golden Age Spain
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Scott K. Taylor

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300126853.003.0007

This book concludes by studying the reasons behind the importance of honor in Mediterranean societies. The objections of anthropologists in the past two decades that the earlier generations of field workers exaggerated honor as they looked for a reason to differentiate southern Europe from the modern world of northern Europe and North America have gone relatively unnoticed by people outside the field of anthropology. Spanish culture is also haunted by the ghost of the honor play genre. No matter how vehemently literary critics debunk the notion that the works of Lope de Vega and Calderon offer accurate depictions of their contemporaries' behavior, each new generation who reads the plays will leave with the impression that Golden Age Spain was a society crippled with anxiety over honor and its bloodthirsty demands. It is argued here that honor is not a rigid code but merely a rhetoric—elements of which could be used, if desirable, and disregarded, if unhelpful.

Keywords:   importance of honor, Mediterranean societies, Spanish culture, honor play genre, Lope de Vega, Calderon, Golden Age Spain, rhetoric

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