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Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826Rewriting Conquest$
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Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638680

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638680.001.0001

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Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826

Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter studies two theatrical works on the conquest of Spanish America, namely John Thelwall's The Incas and Samuel Morton's Columbus. These plays adapt Marmontel's Les Incas in order to suit the contemporary British atmosphere of conservative nationalism by replacing the Spanish protagonists with familiar English characters. The discussion analyzes the political context of the late 1790s that allowed Richard Brinsley Sheridan to omit the characters of Morton and Thelwall. It then studies Sheridan's technique of identifying the British with the Incas.

Keywords:   conquest, Spanish America, conservative nationalism, Spanish protagonists, English characters, political context, character omission

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