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Spain, the United States, and Transatlantic Literary Culture throughout the Nineteenth Century

ISBN 9781032108407
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

The relationship between the United States and Spain evolved rapidly over the course of the nineteenth century, culminating in hostility during the Spanish–American War. However, scholarship on literary connections between the two nations has been limited aside from a few studies of the small coterie of Hispanists typically conceived as the canon in this area. This volume collects essays that push the study of transatlantic connections between U.S. and Spanish literatures in new directions. The contributors represent an interdisciplinary group including scholars of national literatures, national histories, and comparative literature. Their works explore previously understudied authors as well as understudied works by better-known authors. They use these new archives to present canonical works in new lights. Moreover, they explore organic entanglements between the literary traditions, and how those raditions interface with Latinx literary history.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

John C. Havard and Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso

2 Spain and Washington Irving’s Global America

Jeffrey Scraba

3 Moriscos and Mormons: Captivity Literature on the Spanish and American Frontiers

Elizabeth Terry-Roisin and Randi Lynn Tanglen

4 The Writings of U.S. Hispanists and the Malleability of the American Empire’s Spanish Past

Gregg French

5 Sketches of Spain: The Traveling Fictions of Frances Calderón de la Barca’s The Attaché in Madrid
Nick Spengler

6 "Benito Cereno," Spaniards, and Creoles

John C. Havard

7 Inspiration or Coincidence? Guadalupe Gutierrez and María Berta Quintero y Escudero’s

Espinas y rosas as Discursive Doubles

Vanessa Ovalle Perez

8 Spain, U.S. Whiteness Studies, and María Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s "Lost Cause"

Melanie Hernández

9 Future and Past in Nilo María Fabra’s Science Fiction Stories on Spain vs the United States

Juan Herrero-Senés

10 George Santayana’s Transatlantic Literary Criticism and the Potencies of Aesthetic Judgment

David LaRocca

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John C. Havard is Professor of early American literature at Kennesaw State University. His research focuses on hemispheric studies and religious studies. His book Hispanicism and Early US Literature: Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the Origins of US National Identity was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2018.

Ricardo Miguel- Alfonso is Associate Professor of American Studies and Literary Theory at the University of Castilla- La Mancha, Spain. He is the author of La idea rom á ntica de la literatura en Estados Unidos (American Romanticism and the Idea of Literature , Verbum, 2018), and he recently coedited with David LaRocca A Power to Translate the World: New Essays on Emerson and International Culture (Dartmouth, 2015). He has written journal essays and book chapters on fi gures such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Coover, Eliza Haywood, Lydia Sigourney, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. He has also translated into Spanish Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays (2001) and George Santayana’s Reason in Art (2008), among others. He is currently at work on a book manuscript on Emerson’s career as the American symbol of modern disenchantment.