Black Legend


Amsterdam Workshop 2


La Leyenda Negra en el crisol de la comedia. El teatro del Siglo de Oro frente a los estereotipos antihispánicos / The Black Legend Staged: Anti-Spanish Prejudice(s) in Golden Age Theatre

La cisma de Inglaterra

University of Amsterdam, 1-2 October 2015



Yolanda Rodríguez Pérez (Universiteit van Amsterdam) y Antonio Sánchez Jiménez (Université de Neuchâtel)


The international workshop The Black Legend Staged: Anti-Spanish Prejudice(s) in Golden Age Theater is organised within the Dutch NWO-Internationalization project (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) The Black Legend and the Spanish Identity in Golden Age Spanish Theatre (1580-1665). The project studies the Black Legend as an Early-Modern cultural dialogue, one in which Spanish intellectuals saw foreign prejudices as challenge that they needed to answer.

The first workshop Spain Before Her Critics: Keys to the Black Legend (Universität Basel, 2-3 Octubre 2014) explored the keys to understand the Black Legend and its development, focussing on the role played by different European discursive traditions. It also analysed how the Spaniards were fully aware of foreign criticism and in which ways they reacted to it.

This second international workshop will study this cultural dialogue between Spain and its detractors in the context of Golden Age Theatre. It focusses on the ways anti-Spanish prejudices filtered in Early-modern European literature and the different reaction mechanisms on the Spanish stage. Furthermore, we shall reflect on new lines of research within Black Legend studies.

Project Partners:

Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universität Basel, University College London, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, GRISO (Universidad de Navarra), Université de Neuchâtel.


Leonor Álvarez Francés (Universiteit Leiden), Harm den Boer (Universität Basel), Lucía Díaz Marroquín (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Juan Manuel Escudero (GRISO, Universidad de Navarra), Raymond Fagel (Universiteit Leiden), Barbara Fuchs (University of California, Los Angeles, keynote), Javier García Albero (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Bernardo García García (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ITEM, Fundación Carlos de Amberes, keynote),Yolanda Rodríguez Pérez (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Alexander Samson (University College London), Antonio Sánchez Jiménez (Université de Neuchâtel), Julio Vélez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ITEM).