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Hall of Realms

Epic! Between Ancient and Early Modern Empires

Andrew Laird (Warwick University), Lost beyond the Pillars of Hercules: Ulysses in the Early Modern Hispanic World More...

Starts: May 6, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Highlights

The Centre's First Edited Volume

Due for publication by the end of this year a selection of some of the best work arising from the Centre's activities from Ashgate. See advert...

340 £10,000 bursaries available for Master’s study at UCL

UCL has been awarded around 340 bursaries of £10,000 each as part of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)'s 2015 Postgraduate Support Scheme. Read more...



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?