<i>Más ven cuatro ojos que dos</i>: Gayangos and Anglo-American Hispanism

Claudia Heide

in Pascual de Gayangos

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635474
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653140 | DOI:
Más ven cuatro ojos que dos: Gayangos and Anglo-American Hispanism

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Gayangos was a dominant name seen in many of the papers and books of a great number of British and American writers. He was known for his generosity and his knowledge of Spanish culture. His death in 1897 was regarded as a serious loss to Anglo-Spanish literature and bibliography. Many papers by nineteenth-century authors of British-American Hispanism depended on Gayangos's collaboration. This chapter offers a continuation of the analysis of Gardiner. It provides a synoptic account of Gayangos's contributions to three of Prescott's peers: George Ticknor, Richard Ford and William Stirling. It is argued that Gayangos played a crucial role in assuring the success of their work by selecting and providing them with material and intellectual guidance. Hence, the conventional view of historiography which attributes the progress of Spanish studies in the English-speaking world to a number of Anglo-American authors are challenged and disputed.

Keywords: Anglo-Spanish literature; British-American Hispanism; Gayangos's contributions; George Ticknor; Richard Ford; William Stirling; historiography

Chapter.  12026 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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