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Title: Pascual de Gayangos (1809-1897) and Anglo-American Hispanism
Author: Heide, C.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2005
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Abstract:
The subject of this thesis is the Spanish scholar Pascual de Gayangos (1809-1897). He had a fascinating life within the international fraternity of scholarship. He was not only patriotic, versatile, industrious and international, but also a very generous scholar, who made key contributions to Anglo-American Hispanism. This study is however not a mere biographical account. The figure of Gayangos provides an interesting looking glass in which to examine the progress of ideas on Spain within Britain and North America and all aspects of the British-American appropriation of Spanish culture. The Introduction presents the reader with the subject and provides a survey of the current views on Gayangos and the general consensus concerning the birth and progress of British-American Hispanism in the nineteenth century. Chapter One starts with a spinal chronology of Gayangos’ life and gives a first insight into his robust personality, intellectual versatility and patriotism. Chapter Two examines how British intellectuals became interested in him as scholar and patriot, and how Gayangos was busily engaged in a whirl of social, intellectual and political life at Holland House, which served as platform for networking. Chapter Three is concerned with his scholarship in Britain, his drive for ‘hard fact’ and the influence of his writings on Hispanism. Chapter Four shows how Gayangos became a source of inspiration, encouragement and advice on the ‘cosas de España’ to British intellectuals. Chapters Five, Six and Seven are specific studies examining Gayangos’ key contributions to the three most outstanding Hispanists: Prescott, Ticknor and Stirling-Maxwell. It is argued that their books would not have been of the same quality, and some could not have been written at all, without Gayangos. He was essential in laying the foundation stones of Spanish studies in Britain and North America. Reflections as to how and why Gayangos’ relationship with the Anglo-American Hispanists, and how his collaborations enhanced his own career.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.652306  DOI: Not available
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