The English Reformation in the Spanish Imagination: Rewriting Nero, Jezebel, and the Dragon
Published: January 2022© 2022
248 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
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The English Reformation in the Spanish Imagination examines early modern Spanish literary works that represent English Catholics and figures from the English Reformation, including Henry and Elizabeth Tudor, Anne Boleyn, Catherine of Aragon, Sir Francis Drake, and Mary Stuart. Deborah R. Forteza compares these texts to assess how rhetorical and genre distinctions open and constrain the Spanish representations and how these exchanges inform Anglo-Spanish perceptions and relations.
The book focuses on the literary representation of characters as classical and biblical monsters and saints and considers how these images were transformed and deployed in lesser-known poems, plays, and novels in order to capture the Spanish imagination. Through these sources, Forteza reveals the complex fraternal and antagonistic links between England and Spain, including Black Legend and Counter-Reformation exchanges.
In examining the works that shaped Spain’s view of England at the time, The English Reformation in the Spanish Imagination demonstrates the importance of transnational study and why it is essential for a more nuanced understanding of Spanish literature.
1. The War Brewing in Europe and Its Weapons: Ecclesiastical Histories and Martyrologies
2. How English Monsters Overtook Spain: Ribadeneyra's Adaptation of the English Schism and Yepes’ Sequel
3. Who Gets to Be a Saint? Writing the English Reformation in Luisa De Carvajal’s Letters
4. Monsters and Saints in Poetry and The Stage: Lope and Calderón
5. A Novel Way of Looking at The English Reformation: Ribadeneyra and Cervantes' La Española Inglesa
“The book is a valuable resource for others seeking to pursue further study of what has hitherto been a largely under-researched aspect of early modern European culture.” Eamonn Rodgers, Bulletin of Spanish Studies
"Forteza helps pave new scholarly paths. This is a well-researched, sophisticated account of the ways in which England existed within the Spanish imagination. There are few books like it and none as incisive."Freddy C. Dominguez, Assistant Professor of History, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
"The English Reformation in the Spanish Imagination is an immensely valuable and original piece of research that will make a significant contribution to the field. Deborah R. Forteza’s argument is based on a solid understanding and knowledge of all the relevant sources. This book will appeal to historians of the period and literary scholars, in particular those specializing in Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón, and religious history."Alexander Samson, Reader in Early Modern Studies, University College London