The Hispanic World and American Intellectual Life, 1820-1880

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This book examines why several American literary and intellectual icons found themselves to be pioneering scholars and lifelong students of the Hispanic world.  The author asserts that these gifted Americans focused on the Hispanic world that they might shape their own country’s identity after independence and the War of 1812, a crucial time for the young republic, and that they found inspiration in a most unlikely place: the seat of the collapsing Spanish empire.

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Overview

This book examines why several American literary and intellectual icons found themselves to be pioneering scholars and lifelong students of the Hispanic world.  The author asserts that these gifted Americans focused on the Hispanic world that they might shape their own country’s identity after independence and the War of 1812, a crucial time for the young republic, and that they found inspiration in a most unlikely place: the seat of the collapsing Spanish empire.

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"This path-breaking book is the first comprehensive narrative and analysis of early U.S. scholars of Hispanic history and literature.  The author opens new windows on the migration of ideas into and out of the U.S."—James Turbaner, Professor of the Humanities, University of Notre Dame
 

"Iván Jaksic's extraordinary study of a generation of mid-nineteenth century New Englanders fascinated with Spain and its satellites across the Atlantic sets new standards in the examination of the origins of Hispanism as a discipline in the English-speaking world. Meet, among others, Mary Mann, Sarmiento's translator and unofficial publicity agent; W.H. Prescott, a warrior in spite of his blindness; and Washington Irving, whose intellectual thefts are still unchallenged. This un-Metaphysical Club still defines the way we misconceive Hispanic civilization in the United States."—Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College, and author of The Hispanic Condition and Spanglish
 

"This is unquestionably the best study on Spain's place in the imaginary of nineteenth century America. Ranging widely over the work of such luminaries as Washington Irving, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, George Ticknor, William Hickling Prescott, and a bit of Melville as well, the scholarship is original and the presentation superb. A page-turbaner from the very start, the book is essential for anyone interested in history of Hispanism or the image of Spain in the United States, as well as the writers whose work Jaksic surveys."—Richard L. Kagan, Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
 
"Highly recommended." —CHOICE
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230337497
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Series: Studies of the Americas Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Iván Jaksic is a professor at the Institute of History, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and director of the Stanford University Program in Santiago. He is also the author of Andrés Bello: Scholarship and Nation-Building in Nineteenth-Century Latin America.

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Table of Contents

Preface
• Introduction
• "My King, My Country, and My Faith": Washington Irving and the Rise and Fall of Spain
Labor Ipse Voluptas: George Ticknor’s History of Spanish Literature
• The Enlightened Foreigner: The Reception of Ticknor’s Work in the Hispanic World
• The Spanish Student: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Outre Mer: Longfellow’s Hispanic Ties
• Mary Mann and the Translation of South American Politics
• The “Annals of Barbarians”: William H. Prescott and the Conquest of the New World
• “Follow Your Leader”: Prescott’s Writings on Spain
• Conclusion

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