Longfellow’s Law: The Place of Latin America and Spain in US Hispanism” (2002)

“US interest in Spain is and always has been largely mediated by US interest in Latin America.”  This is the central working hypothesis of this essay; a hypothesis which, in order to acknowledge my indebtedness Richard Kagan’s important essay, “Prescott’s Paradigm,” I have labeled “Longfellow’s Law.”

In 1826, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow traveled to Spain only after receiving a letter from his father which contained the following advice:  “Such are the relations now existing between this country and Spanish America that a knowledge of the Spanish is quite as important as French.  If you neglect either of these languages, you may be sure of not obtaining the station which you have in view…”

Read the rest of “Longfellow’s Law: The Place of Latin America and Spain in US Hispanism, circa 1915”

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