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José Amador de los Ríos

José Amador de los Ríos: “

Srnec: In 1852 he published the complete works of [[Íñigo López de Mendoza]].

”’José Amador de los Ríos”’ (1818–1878) was a [[Spain|Spanish]] intellectual, primarily a historian and archaeologist of [[Art history|art]] and [[Literary history|literature]]. He was a graduate in history of the [[Complutense University of Madrid]].

In 1844 he was the secretary of the Comisión Central de Monumentos. He was co-director with Antonio de Zabaleta of the ephemeral ”Boletín Español de Arquitectura”, the first Spanish journal dedicated exclusively to architecture.<ref>José Enrique García Melero (2002), ”Literatura española sobre Artes Plásticas: Bibliografía aparecida en España entre los siglos XVI y XVIII” (Encuentro), 176.</ref> It was only in publication from 1 June to December 1846. In 1852 he published the complete works of [[Íñigo López de Mendoza]]. It was Amador de los Ríos who first used the term ”[[mudejarismo]]” to describe a style of architecture in 1859.

In 1861 he published the first volume of ”Historia crítica de la literatura española”, the first general history of Spanish literature written in Spain.<ref name=gies>David Thatcher Gies (2004), ”The Cambridge History of Spanish Literature” (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 28–30</ref> It was to remain incomplete. Ideologically Amador de los Ríos, a [[Liberalism|liberal]] and [[Romanticism|romantic]], conceives of Spain as a unit, at once [[Roman Catholic]] and [[Castilian language|Castilian]], a [[constitutional monarchy]] (thought it was not one yet) united with its past by an ”idea luminosa” (luminous idea).<ref name=gies/> Countering the foreign historians who regard medieval Spain as a backwater, he defends Spanish literature as the foremost among those which appeared after the [[Fall of Rome]]. Though he only covered the [[Middle Ages]], he demonstrated that he regarded [[Spanish American literature]] as part of the Spanish tradition. In another work, ”Historia social, política y religiosa de los judíos de España”, he accepts the Spanish [[Jewish literature]] as part of the tradition, since it ‘bloomed’ in Spanish soil.<ref name=gies/> Unlike [[Adolf de Castro]], however, he did not condemn the [[Spanish Inquisition]].


[[Category:1818 births]]
[[Category:1878 deaths]]
[[Category:Spanish historians]]

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