H. Rosi Song

Andrew W. Mellon Regional Fellow in the Humanities

20072008 Forum on Origins

H. Rosi Song

Assistant Professor, Spanish, Bryn Mawr College

The Seduction of Hispanism: A Genealogy

Hispanism, broadly defined, is the study of the Spanish language and its culture. Historically speaking, its significance expands beyond the academic discipline to become a strategy of cultural expansion that can be traced to Spain’s history after the loss of its colonies in the New World. Domestically, it served as a unifying narrative that silenced the country’s linguistic and cultural diversity. It also provided a way to continue Spain’s imperial aspirations by preserving a cultural relevance in its one-time colonies as well as in the rest of the world. This project explores the ideological dimension of the concept of Hispanism not only as a dominating political force, but also an interpretive and representational cultural model for Spanish America and Spain.