The Hispanic World and American Intellectual Life, 1820-1880

The Hispanic World and American Intellectual Life, 1820-1880

by Ivan Jaksic
     
 

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This book examines why several American literary and intellectual icons became pioneering scholars of the Hispanic world after Independence and the War 1812. At this crucial time for the young republic, these gifted Americans found inspiration in an unlikely place: the collapsing Spanish empire and used it to shape their own country's identity.  See more details below

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This book examines why several American literary and intellectual icons became pioneering scholars of the Hispanic world after Independence and the War 1812. At this crucial time for the young republic, these gifted Americans found inspiration in an unlikely place: the collapsing Spanish empire and used it to shape their own country's identity.

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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 Turner, Professor of the Humanities, University of Notre Dame, France

'Iván Jaksi?'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, USA, 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-turner 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 Jaksi? surveys.' - Richard L. Kagan, Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University,USA

'Highly recommended.' - Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230337497
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/31/2012
Series:
Studies of the Americas Series
Edition description:
First Edition
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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