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Moorish Ambassador to Elizabeth I

Fictional Embassies

The date and time are still provisional but the next meeting of the UCL Early Modern Staff-Student Reading Group proposes to discuss Timothy Hampton's Fictions of Embassy (Cornell 2009). We very much hope the author will be able to join us afterwards and answer questions about his book. Note that this event is for UCL staff and students only. A wine reception will be held afterwards.
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Starts: Feb 18, 2015 4:30:00 PM

Highlights

University College London and King's College London
5-6 December 2014

Travel and Writing in the Global Renaissance: Revisiting the Peregrination of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614-2014)

Portuguese Discoveries 1502

University College London and King's College London present a two-day conference bringing together experts in the literature and history of the early modern Portuguese world to discuss the "Peregrination" of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614).

To download a copy of the programme click here.

Black Legend

The Black Legend is the perception/theory that Spaniards were especially tyrannical, cruel, intolerant, lustful and greedy. These powerful stereotypes prevent an accurate understanding of early modern and even contemporary Spain. This project seeks to study the Black Legend as an early modern cultural dialogue, one in which Spanish intellectuals saw foreign prejudices as challenges that they needed to answer. We will approach the Black Legend from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining literary studies with theories on nation building, propaganda, and identity formation in the period. In particular, we examine how the Black Legend influenced Spain's self-conception during the Golden Age: how did Golden Age Spanish writers receive these ideas and how did they use theatre in particular to respond to them, how did commercial and court plays contribute to the process of nation building, and how did a nation like Spain, adapt, adopt and appropriate foreign perceptions to reshape its own self-image?