The British Romantic Reconstruction Of Spain.

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Throughout the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth centuries, Spain served as a cultural, religious and commercial rival to England. Over the course of those three centuries, a body of anti-Spanish thinking, the Leyenda Negra, or Black Legend, was brought into being in English print culture. The image of the Spaniard as proud, cruel, tyrannical, benighted, and savage was firmly ensconced in the English cultural imagination, and Spain became a predictive imagined geography figuring brutality, repression, and ...
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Throughout the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth centuries, Spain served as a cultural, religious and commercial rival to England. Over the course of those three centuries, a body of anti-Spanish thinking, the Leyenda Negra, or Black Legend, was brought into being in English print culture. The image of the Spaniard as proud, cruel, tyrannical, benighted, and savage was firmly ensconced in the English cultural imagination, and Spain became a predictive imagined geography figuring brutality, repression, and false belief. In 1808, however, the political relationship between Britain and Spain was radically changed. The Spanish Uprising against Napoleon and the subsequent British involvement in the Peninsular War saw Britain and Spain united in arms against Napoleonic France. Britain, which had stood alone for years, saw in the Spanish resistance of Napoleon a first real hope for victory. Consequently, the Spanish alliance was greeted with universal joy. In the wake of this sudden political realignment, British Romantic writers began to refashion Spain for British audiences. Gone were the images of the Black Legend, replaced by a new vision of Spain as a land of ready feeling and natural inclination to liberty, its people full of imaginative strength and patriotic determination. British Romantic writers sought to transform Spain into a consummately Romantic geography, an imagined nation very much cast in the image of the writers who brought it into being. Across genders and across generations, Romantic writers claimed Spain as their own, for reasons of great expediency to their various literary enterprises. In their rush to reinvent Spain for Romantic audiences, these writers left an indelible mark on the Spanish character in the Anglophone imagination, a mark still recognizable in modern day imaginations of the Spaniard and of the Hispanic world more generally.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243606129
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/4/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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