Spanish Romanticism and the Uses of History: Ideology and the Historical Imagination: Ideology and the Historical Imagination

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-08-11
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Spanish Romantic historiography was characterized by ideologically significant narratives of past events. Flitter examines those narratives within the intellectual parameters that defined them, probing the conceptual strategies by which writers represented history. Central to his discussion are the competing interpretations derived from Guizot's progressive formula and Vico's cyclical and providentialist account--the battleground upon which politically interested interpretations of history struggled for intellectual supremacy. Other matters considered include the medieval revival, the rejection of Enlightenment formulae, the fear of an absent but psychologically potent Revolution, Romantic diagnoses of nineteenth-century reality within the prism of the "Two Spains," and the entailments of Romantic literary history and its construction of a casticista cultural identity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction: The Changeful History of Spanish Romanticism 1(7)
The Meaning of the Mediaeval Revival
`Elementary' Historiography: Spanish Reactions to Guizot
`Ideal Eternal History': Vico's Providential Design
Exorcising the Revolutionary Demon
Reading Spain's Recent Past
Ideology and Aesthetics: The Uses of Literary History
Conclusions: History Singular and Plural 184(17)
Bibliography 201(10)
Index 211

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