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The Feeling of HistoryIslam, Romanticism, and Andalusia$
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Charles Hirschkind

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226746814

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226747002.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Feeling of History

Charles Hirschkind

University of Chicago Press

This Introduction begins with a definition of Andalucismo as a modern tradition of critical reflection on the norms of European politics and culture based on a cultivated appreciation for the histories and legacies of southern Iberia’s Muslim and Jewish societies. This tradition has its roots in Spanish literary Romanticism, Orientalism, and colonialism of the late 19th century, though important antecedents can also be found in Cervantes and other Golden Age writers. Today, the remapping of aesthetic, political, and historical space proposed by the andalucistas challenges the entrenched divisions between Europe and the Middle East, Christianity and Islam that have shaped Europe’s civilizational identity and propelled its contemporary anti-immigrant political currents. For most scholars in Spain today, Andalucismo involves a Romantic idealization of the past at the service of a contemporary politics of identity. This introductory chapter takes issue with this view: the passions and sensibilities foregrounded within this tradition don’t vitiate historical inquiry but attune it to the pressing demands of both a forgotten past and a political present.

Keywords:   Andalucismo, Romanticism, Spanish colonialism, Europe, Middle East, identity, legacies, passions, history

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