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Salas y Quiroga’s Anglo-Saxon England:a Psychological and Sociological Portrait of Power

Paloma Tejada Caller

Universidad Complutense Madrid

 ATLANTIS. Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies. 31.1 (June 2009): 73–90

The aim of this paper is ultimately to contribute new insights from current explorations of Englishness in Spain. More specifically, a selected narrative written by Jacinto Salas y Quiroga in1846 is carefully analysed from a cross-cultural standpoint, taking into account the ideologicaland discursive bases on which nations are built. The article focuses on how A-S England isconstructed in Salas’ book, as opposed to the image portrayed in other narratives of a similarnature, published in Spain during the nineteenth century. After the analysis of Salas’ textual,rhetorical and linguistic strategies, results show that in this original contribution, the expectedAnglo-Saxons’ territorial and ethnic identity occupies only a background position, whereas thedynamic interaction of two conceptual types or characters, the powerful vs. the weak, is driven tothe forefront. Through the use of heterodox schemes Salas deviates from the Spanish commoncultural and historiographic practice, and completes a powerful and novel image of Anglo-Saxons, which performs a well-defined function in mid-nineteenth century Spain.

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