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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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The Spanish American Bubble and Britain’s Crisis of Informal Empire, 1822–6

The Spanish American Bubble and Britain’s Crisis of Informal Empire, 1822–6

(p.183) Chapter Six The Spanish American Bubble and Britain’s Crisis of Informal Empire, 1822–6
Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826

Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter takes a look at the conflicting ways British literature, periodicals and popular entertainments increased, critiqued and eventually denied the nation's Spanish American mania. It shows that a whole cultural industry was created between 1822 and 1825 to exploit Britain's infatuation with Spanish America. The discussion then situates Robert Southey's A Tale of Paraguay and Felicia Hemans's The Forest Sanctuary in the boom and eventual ruination of the British economy. The chapter also argues that the lack of cultural, natural and economic description and their association of Spanish America with fatality metaphorize the lack of information investors had about Spanish America and the results of their ignorance.

Keywords:   Spanish American mania, cultural industry, British economy, fatality, investors, lack of information, British literature

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