Vol. 6 (2021)
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Between Arabic Letters, History and Enlightenment: The Emergence of Spanish Literary Nation in Juan Andrés

Niccolò Guasti
Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Published November 9, 2021
Keywords
  • Orientalism, Jesuits, Enlightenment, European culture, nation
How to Cite
Guasti, N. (2021). Between Arabic Letters, History and Enlightenment: The Emergence of Spanish Literary Nation in Juan Andrés. Diciottesimo Secolo, 6, 149-159. https://doi.org/10.36253/ds-12140

Abstract

The culture of the eighteenth century played a crucial role in proposing a positive image of Islam. The Valencian Jesuit Juan Andrés was particularly engaged in this re-evaluation of Arab culture in order to stress how much Iberian Arabs had contributed to the renaissance of Western culture and civilisation. In his treaty Dell’origine, progressi e stato attuale d’ogni letteratura (1782-1799) Andrés committed himself to outlining specific elements of the Medieval renaissance nurtured by Spanish Arabs between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. His interpretation on Al-Andalus concealed a «patriotic» intent, namely that of glorifying the historical role of Spain (rather than Italy or France) in the development of the European literary canon.

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