Creole Patriotism and the Discourse of Revolutionary Loyalism, 1792–9

Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

in Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638680
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651702 | DOI:
Creole Patriotism and the Discourse of Revolutionary Loyalism, 1792–9

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This chapter studies two theatrical works on the conquest of Spanish America, namely John Thelwall's The Incas and Samuel Morton's Columbus. These plays adapt Marmontel's Les Incas in order to suit the contemporary British atmosphere of conservative nationalism by replacing the Spanish protagonists with familiar English characters. The discussion analyzes the political context of the late 1790s that allowed Richard Brinsley Sheridan to omit the characters of Morton and Thelwall. It then studies Sheridan's technique of identifying the British with the Incas.

Keywords: conquest; Spanish America; conservative nationalism; Spanish protagonists; English characters; political context; character omission

Chapter.  9233 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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