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Anglo-American Hispanists and the Spanish Civil War

Hispanophilia, Commitment, and Discipline

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Hispanophilia, Commitment, and Discipline

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sebastiaan Faber
      Pages 3-16
    3. Sebastiaan Faber
      Pages 17-30
  3. Watching Our Tongues, Pens, and Affiliations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Sebastiaan Faber
      Pages 33-54
    3. Sebastiaan Faber
      Pages 55-72
    4. Sebastiaan Faber
      Pages 73-95
    5. Sebastiaan Faber
      Pages 97-121
  4. “A Balanced and Impartial View”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Sebastiaan Faber
      Pages 125-153
    3. Sebastiaan Faber
      Pages 183-213
    4. Sebastiaan Faber
      Pages 215-225
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 227-278

About this book


In this book, Faber assesses the long-term impact of the Spanish Civil War on Hispanic Studies as an academic field in the United States and Great Britain. Combining institutional history with biography, the book gives a compelling account of the dilemmas that the war posed for four Hispanists who turned their love of Spain into their life's work.


Anglo-American Britain civil war history revolution Spain USA

About the authors

Sebastiaan Faber is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College.

Bibliographic information


"From what may seem like unpromising material, Sebastiaan Faber has produced an utterly fascinating study. Elegantly and perceptively written, this thoroughly researched book illuminates brilliantly the political labyrinth which many American scholars had to navigate in the 1930s and 1950s and, indeed, still do today. At the same time, it goes a long way to explaining why Spain and particularly its civil war engaged and continues to engage the passions of Anglo-Saxon writers." - Paul Preston author of We Saw Spain Die: Foreign Correspondents in the Spanish Civil War"Affect, ideology, and the canons of academic rigor: in this insightful and wide-ranging study, Faber explores how these three sets of forces - often at odds with each other - shape the work of British and American scholars of Spain. Focusing on the participant/observer tension that frequently haunts the work of scholars who are called upon to interpret and judge contemporary events (such as the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship), Faber sheds a fascinating new light on the history and current state of Hispanic Studies in the United States and Great Britain, and, more broadly, the constitutive tensions at the core of any scholarly enterprise." - James D. Fernández, Associate Professor and Founding Director, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center of NYU