Dealing with an Irish and a Spanish playwright and two dramas staged thirteen years apart in London and Paris respectively, this essay experiments with a comparative reading of parallel texts in order to gauge its potential for insights in the context of Romantic-era Anglo-Hispanic studies. The two authors—Richard Lalor Sheil and Francisco Martínez de la Rosa—were representatives of a political and literary-cultural liberal internationale in the post-Waterloo years. Their plays on Aben Humeya, the leader of the morisco rebellion of 1568–71 (The Apostate, 1817, and Aben Humeya, o la rebelión de los moriscos, 1830), proceed from this ideological background and trans- national web of cultural exchanges and literary developments. While examining the parallels and divergences in their treatments of this material, this essay also provides further evidence of how the Spanish-Moorish imaginary constituted a powerful clus- ter of thematic and ideological faultlines crossing European literatures between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a rich quarry of stories and histories associated with ‘hot chronologies’ (most notably, the conquest of Granada in 1492) and available for allusive, coded inscriptions of current concerns.

“Staging the Last Stand: The Politics of Aben Humeya in Richard Lalor Sheil and Francisco Martínez de la Rosa” / Saglia, D.. - STAMPA. - (2022), pp. 15-36.

“Staging the Last Stand: The Politics of Aben Humeya in Richard Lalor Sheil and Francisco Martínez de la Rosa”

Saglia, D.
2022

Abstract

Dealing with an Irish and a Spanish playwright and two dramas staged thirteen years apart in London and Paris respectively, this essay experiments with a comparative reading of parallel texts in order to gauge its potential for insights in the context of Romantic-era Anglo-Hispanic studies. The two authors—Richard Lalor Sheil and Francisco Martínez de la Rosa—were representatives of a political and literary-cultural liberal internationale in the post-Waterloo years. Their plays on Aben Humeya, the leader of the morisco rebellion of 1568–71 (The Apostate, 1817, and Aben Humeya, o la rebelión de los moriscos, 1830), proceed from this ideological background and trans- national web of cultural exchanges and literary developments. While examining the parallels and divergences in their treatments of this material, this essay also provides further evidence of how the Spanish-Moorish imaginary constituted a powerful clus- ter of thematic and ideological faultlines crossing European literatures between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a rich quarry of stories and histories associated with ‘hot chronologies’ (most notably, the conquest of Granada in 1492) and available for allusive, coded inscriptions of current concerns.
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“Staging the Last Stand: The Politics of Aben Humeya in Richard Lalor Sheil and Francisco Martínez de la Rosa” / Saglia, D.. - STAMPA. - (2022), pp. 15-36.
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