Images of Barbaric Spain in Eighteenth-Century British Travel Writing

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Ana M. Hontanilla, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Europe has traditionally been studied as a political, economic and cultural unity that historically developed in connection with the ideas of Christianity, civilization, and empire. After the New World was "discovered," Europe's imperial and civilizing mission was no longer contained within its western boundaries but also occurred within an expanded sense of geography. This is to say that the status of civilized and civilizing Europe was not defined solely from within its geographical limits but also in contrast to its colonial world. Much of the work of describing the discovery, interpreting the exploration, and articulating the connection of the newly-found territories to the motherland in Europe was done through the writings of explorers, ambassadors, soldiers, adventurers, and missionaries. The recovery and analysis of these various kinds of travelers' narratives about foreign and exotic places where they went and lived have brought a new perspective to our understanding of the historical development of the imperialized world.

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Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 37.1 (2008): 119-143
Language: English
Date: 2008
Spain, Travel Writing, Imperialism, Europe

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