1st Edition

Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal
by Robert Southey




ISBN 9780815356554
Published July 15, 2021 by Routledge
588 Pages

USD $193.05

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Book Description

In 1797 Robert Southey published a richly detailed account of his journey in Spain and Portugal between December 1795 and May 1796, from his arrival in Coruna in the northwest of the Spanish coast to the heart of Castile and into Madrid, before making his way to Lisbon. Structured as a series of letters written as he travelled across the Iberian Peninsula, Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal engages with the tradition of English travelogues, while borrowing traits from other genres such as the journal, translation, literary criticism, history, and the picturesque guidebook. On his way, Southey comments on every aspect of Spanish and Portuguese society, from local food and wine, bizarre customs, literature and theatregoing, to Iberian politics and religion. In his letters Southey, who would grow to become one of the leading Hispanists in late Georgian England, contrasts the political, religious, cultural and social systems of Britain and two of the oldest nations in the European continent in a way that raises important questions about cultural contact and transmission during the Romantic period. This edition critically reassesses Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal by looking at Southey’s deeply ambiguous cultural cosmopolitanism and his life-long investment in all things Spanish and Portuguese.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Glossary

Robert Southey: General Chronology 1774–1843

Robert Southey: Chronology of His Residence in the Iberian Peninsula 1795–96

Map

Introduction

Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal

Preface

Table of Contents: Letters

Index to the Poetry

Table of Distances

Retrospective Musings

Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal

Appendix: Textual Supplements to the 1799 and 1808 Letters

Editorial Notes

Works Cited

Index

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Editor(s)

Biography

Jonathan Gonzalez, Department of Modern Philologies, University of La Rioja, Spain

Cristina Flores, Department of Modern Philologies, University of La Rioja, Spain