The ACSGA colloquium in December will host three short lectures by UvA-researchers Rena Bood, Sabine Waasdorp and Yolanda Rodríguez Pérez in the context of their NWO Vidi-project 'Mixed feelings. Literary Hispanophilia and Hispanophobia in England and the Netherlands in the Early Modern period and the nineteenth century'.
During the past economic crisis the southern European states were frequently defined as corrupt and backward. National characterizations can endure for centuries. In Early Modern Europe, the Spaniards were the most hated nation. Their reputation was tainted by a Black Legend of Spanish cruelty and lust for power. This anti-hispanism is considered central to the process of European proto-national identity formation. It shaped the cultural and political self-definition of both the Netherlands and England, two nations with overlapping histories regarding Spain. However, this Hispanophobia did not exclude an undeniable fascination with Golden Age Spanish culture, most visible within the field of literature. The emergence of an image of a ‘Romantic Spain’ around 1800 has been frequently interpreted as a ‘paradigm shift’ from Hispanophobia to Hispanophilia, by which the Duke of Alba and the Spanish Armada made way for Carmen and Don Juan. Nonetheless, the tension between these two tendencies was already present in the Early Modern period and endured well through the 19th century.
Rena Bood is working as a Ph.D candidate in the Mixed Feelings project at the European Studies Department (UvA). She is part of ARTES (Amsterdam School of Regional, Transnational and European Studies). She holds a Bachelor's degree in English Language and Culture, and a Research Master degree in Literary Studies from Leiden University.
Sabine Waasdorp is a Ph.D candidate in the Mixed Feelings project at the European Studies Department (UvA). She is part of ARTES (Amsterdam School of Regional, Transnational and European Studies) in the department of European Studies. She is co-founder and editor of the blog Over de Muur, a Dutch blog for historical innovation, history & current affairs.
Yolanda Rodríguez Pérez is Associate Professor of European Culture and Literature in the Department of European Studies (UvA). Her research deals primarily with Imagology and the Cultural Transfer between Spain and the Netherlands in the Early Modern period and beyond. She is also interested in nationbuilding processes and the relation between Translation and National Images, especially in Dutch and English translations and imitations/pseudo-translations of Spanish works of the Golden Age. With the Vidi-project Mixed feelings, she will be expanding her scope of research to the nineteenth-century, when national identities and literary canons consolidated the Golden Age as the key period in the national-historical consciousness.