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  1. Dainotto, R. "The Discreet Charm of the Arabist Theory." European History Quarterly 36:1 (2006): 7-29. [doi]

    Expelled from Spain in 1779, the Jesuit Juan Andrés moved to Parma in Italy, and published a seven-volume history of nothing less than the literatures of the whole world - 'Of the Origins and Progress of all Literatures'. Andrés attempted to found literary historiography as a critical method opposed to the Francocentrism of classicist aesthetics. If French classicism had labeled southern literatures (Spanish and Italian) as unreasonable and unworthy of entering modern Europe's republic of letters, historicism was the conviction that every civilization and every period has its own possibilities of aesthetic perfection. In so doing, Andrés was pitting a method of critical historiography against Montesquieu's and the philosophers' own philosophy of history. Copyright © 2006 SAGE Publications.