Modern Languages Research Seminar Series

'A Few Bold Patriots': British Poems and Franco-Spanish Wars, 1808-1823

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As part of the School of Arts and Humanities Research Seminar Series, Dr Alicia Laspra-Rodriguez, Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in English at the University of Oviedo Spain, presents: 'A Few Bold Patriots': British Poems and Franco-Spanish Wars, 1808-1823'.

  • From: Wednesday 26 April 2017, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 26 April 2017, 2 pm
  • Location: 120, Mary Ann Evans building, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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As part of the School of Arts and Humanities Research Seminar Series, Dr Alicia Laspra-Rodriguez, Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in English at the University of Oviedo Spain, presents: 'A Few Bold Patriots': British Poems and Franco-Spanish Wars, 1808-1823.

The Peninsular War (1808-1813) was a military conflict between the French Empire and the allied powers of Spain, Britain and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars.

The 1808 Spanish uprising against French imperialism opened a new era of enthusiasm and hope in Britain. Dozens of ‘Peninsular War’ poems, written by both established and occasional authors represent the literary legacy of the phenomenon. The inspiring effect of the events also reached other European poets, mainly in Portugal, in the German states and also in France, the latter naturally being Napoleon’s opponents. A similar situation presented itself again with the Spanish Liberal Revolution of 1820-1823: A substantial number of poems dealing with the Spanish events were again written abroad, in foreign languages, particularly in Britain.

Dr Laspra-Rodriguez will briefly revise those extraordinary periods in Spanish history, paying special attention to the literary impact they had, mainly in Britain. Dr Laspra-Rodriguez will also explain two research projects, one already completed and one ongoing, intended to search for, edit, translate and analyse those poems. The results of the first project will be presented as well as the expectations of the second.

Finally, Dr Laspra-Rodriguez will revise the particular case of William Wordsworth, as one of the many British poets who were romantically inspired by the Peninsular War, and who, for a time, was highly motivated by the Spanish insurrection against Napoleon and by the events deriving from it.


Biography

Alicia Laspra-Rodríguez holds a PhD in English Studies and is Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in English at the University of Oviedo in Spain. She has widely published on Anglo-Spanish relationships in the 19th Century and is the editor and Spanish translator of several major collections of Peninsular War documents mostly drawn on British and Spanish archives. She teaches General and Literary Translation (English-Spanish), Applied Linguistics, Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis in English. Her latest book, in co-authorship with A. Coletes, is English Poetry of the Peninsular War (2013). She was Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College-London (2014) and is a Fulbrighter.

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Room/Building:

120, Mary Ann Evans building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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