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Rereading the Black LegendThe Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires$
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Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307213

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.001.0001

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The Spanish Race

The Spanish Race

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(p.88) Chapter Five The Spanish Race
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Rereading the Black Legend
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Barbara Fuchs

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.003.0005

This chapter considers the construction of Spanish identity, both within and outside Spain, in relation to “maurophilia” or the cultural fascination with the Moors in early modern Europe. It explains that “maurophilia” became so persistent that a hidden “Orient within” continuously reveals itself in multiple identifications of Spanish with specifically Moorish dress and cultural fashions. This chapter argues that it was the persistence of Moorishness within Spanish self-identity that enabled Northern Europe to denigrate Spain as the black other of its northern European self.

Keywords:   Spanish identity, maurophilia, Moors, modern Europe, Moorish dress, cultural fashions, self-identity, Northern Europe, Moorishness

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