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Spain in British Romanticism


  • Diego Saglia
  • Ian Haywood


  • Offers a wide range of authors and themes including the influence of Spain on poets like William Wordsworth, Robert Southey, S.T. Coleridge, the Shelleys, and Felicia Hemans

  • Addresses topics relevant to not just literary studies but also economics, politics, translation, religion, war, and popular culture

  • Highlights the often dismissed or overlooked influence of Spain on British Romanticism


Part of the Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters book series (19CMLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Diego Saglia, Ian Haywood
    Pages 1-16
  3. Spain and The Romantic Canon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Ian Packer, Lynda Pratt
      Pages 37-54
    3. Juan L. Sánchez
      Pages 55-73
    4. Alicia Laspra-Rodríguez de Coletes
      Pages 75-93
    5. María Eugenia Perojo Arronte
      Pages 95-114
    6. Agustín Coletes Blanco
      Pages 115-137
    7. Joselyn M. Almeida
      Pages 157-173
  4. Discovering Texts and Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Angela Wright
      Pages 177-193
    3. Susan Valladares
      Pages 195-213
    4. Fernando Durán López
      Pages 241-254
    5. Daniel Muñoz Sempere
      Pages 255-271
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 273-309

About this book


This collection of thirteen specially commissioned essays by international scholars takes a fresh look at the profound impact of the Peninsular War on Romantic British literature and culture. The expertly authored chapters explore the valorization of Spain by nineteenth-century poets such as Lord Byron, William Wordsworth, Robert Southey, S.T. Coleridge, the Shelleys, and Felicia Hemans in contrast to the Enlightenment-era view of Spain as a backwards nation in decline. Topics discussed include the vision of Spain in Gothic fiction, Spanish experiences of exile as exemplified by the conflict between Valentin de Llanos and Joseph Blanco White, and British women writers' approach to peninsular fiction. 

Spain in British Romanticism: 1800-1840 is essential reading for scholars and enthusiasts of Romantic literature and Spanish history. 


Spanish influence on nineteenth-century British Literature Effect of the Spanish Peninsular War on British Literature Spain and William Wordsworth Image of Spain in Byron's Age of Bronze Spanish people in exile in the 19th century William Wordsworth's Cintra Spain during the Napoelonic Wars Wordsworth's attitudes towards the Iberian peninsula Sonnets Dedicated to Liberty Letters on the Spaniards Coleridge's attitude towards Cervantes and Calderón British attitude towards the Napoleonic Wars Spain and Byron's Childe Harold Effect of the Napoelonic Wars on British Romanticism Felicia Hemans' The Siege of Valencia André Vieusseux Congress of Verona Don Sebastian; Or, The House of Braganza The Fair Andalusian Anna Maria Porter's Don Sebastian

Editors and affiliations

  • Diego Saglia
    • 1
  • Ian Haywood
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ParmaParmaItaly
  2. 2.University of RoehamptonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Diego Saglia is Professor of English Literature at the University of Parma, Italy.

Ian Haywood is Professor of English Literature at the University of Roehampton, UK.

Bibliographic information


“Spain in British Romanticism are timely reminders that our current political climate, with nationalism on the rise and the perceived threat of emigrant populations exacerbated by cultural stereotypes, has a history and that the war-torn years of the Romantic period, and Romantic-era writers who grappled with cultural difference, played a significant role in that history.” (Orianne Smith, European Romantic Review, Vol. 30 (1), 2019)