‘Latin America’: New SouthHem Publication

The Oxford Handbook of Romantic Prose, edited by Robert Morrison, has just been published. Congratulations to Robert and all the contributors!

Porscha Fermanis has a chapter in the Handbook on ‘Latin America’. The chapter explores three key ideas about Latin America in nineteenth-century British prose writing: first, the medievalisation and orientalisation of Spain, Portugal, and their Ibero-American colonies; second, the region’s role in Britain’s movement towards free-trade liberalism and informal or economic empire; and third, the relevance of new world republicanism for British conceptions of nation-state formation. In each case, it situates British interests and perspectives on Latin America within a transimperial and global framework that recognises the overlapping legacies of competing empires and the importance of Euro-Afro-Indo-American interrelations, as well as incorporating wider Atlantic histories of slavery, revolution, and resistance. More generally, the chapter argues for the importance of Latin American revolutionary, republican, and subaltern experiences in the emerging paradigm of political modernity rather than simply understanding the region as part of Britain’s informal empire.

See Porscha Fermanis, ‘Latin America’, The Oxford Handbook of Romantic Prose, ed. Robert Morrison (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2024), 71-87.

The Handbook  is a full-length essay collection devoted entirely to British Romantic nonfiction prose. Organized into eight parts, each containing between five and nine chapters arranged alphabetically, the ^ weaves together familiar and unfamiliar texts, events, and authors, and invites readers to draw comparisons, reimagine connections and disconnections, and confront frequently stark contradictions, within British Romantic nonfiction prose, but also in its relationship to British Romanticism more generally, and to the literary practices and cultural contexts of other periods and countries. The Handbook builds on previous scholarship in the field, considers emerging trends and evolving methodologies, and suggests future areas of study. Throughout the emphasis is on lucid expression rather than gnomic declaration, and on chapters that offer, not a dutiful survey, but evaluative assessments that keep an eye on the bigger picture yet also dwell meaningfully on specific paradoxes and the most telling examples. Taken as a whole the volume demonstrates the energy, originality, and diversity at the crux of British Romantic nonfiction prose. It vigorously challenges the traditional construction of the British Romantic movement as focused too exclusively on the accomplishments of its poets, and it reveals the many ways in which scholars of the period are steadily broadening out and opening up delineations of British Romanticism in order to encompass and thoroughly evaluate the achievements of its nonfiction prose writers.

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