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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Dedication Page

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Table of Contents

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p. vii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

In the Western imaginary, Spain often evokes the romantic, colorful culture of ‘‘Moorish’’ al-Andalus. This is the Spain of Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra, of courtyards lined with azulejos, and of recent tourism campaigns that tout sunny Andalucı´a as the essence of Iberia. Despite the fall of Granada to the...

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Chapter 1 : The Quotidian and the Exotic

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pp. 11-30

Cultural transformations do not align themselves neatly even with such major events as the end of the Christian conquest of Granada. The gradual nature of Christian military advances meant that Christian and Moorish practices coexisted more or less uneasily for centuries in Iberia, even in areas where the Christians had triumphed. In terms of everyday life, the fall of Granada was far...

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Chapter 2: In Memory of Moors: History, Maurophilia, and the Built Vernacular

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pp. 31-59

Over the course of the sixteenth century, humanist historiography came of age in Spain, in a process that culminated in the Jesuit Juan de Mariana’s great Historiae de rebus Hispaniae (1592), an account of Spain from its first mythical settlement to Mariana’s own time. The Latin history was so well received that Mariana...

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Chapter 3: The Moorish Fashion

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pp. 60-87

There is an implicit tension in the philologist Ramon Menendez Pidal’s well-known account of literary maurophilia. While the critic rightly recognizes the profound hybridization of Iberian culture, he nonetheless describes the relation between Christian and Moorish forms as an unconsummated ‘‘attraction’’ to a civilization cordoned off in Granada. By describing maurophilia...

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Chapter 4: Playing the Moor

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pp. 88-114

As I suggested in Chapter 3, while the fashion for Moorish romances became a full-fledged craze in the 1580s and 1590s, other forms of maurophilia and Moorish lore spanned a much longer period. This chapter focuses on the ceremonial and chivalric uses of Moorishness, to show how it was paradoxically embraced by Spaniards as emblematic of national identity long after the Christian victory in Granada. My title alludes to Playing Indian, the influential study of...

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Chapter 5 : The Spanish Race

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pp. 115-138

With their emphasis on the stuff of a shared material culture, maurophile texts recall for Spaniards the undeniable place of the Andalusi heritage in their own practices. Yet from the anonymous romancero to the Abencerraje to the Guerras civiles de Granada, maurophilia trades also in the powerful erotic charge of...

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Postscript: Moorish Commonplaces

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pp. 139-144

Given the widespread practices and constructions that I have traced throughout this book, it should come as no surprise that Moorishness continues to define ideas of Spain long after the expulsion of the Moriscos in the early seventeenth century. Whether as a domestic alternative to French cultural influence from the Enlightenment to the nineteenth century, or as the distinctive...

Notes

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pp. 145-178

Bibliography

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pp. 179-192

Index

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pp. 193-198

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 199-200

In writing an interdisciplinary book, one relies even more than usual on the generosity and support of scholars in a wide range of fields. Exotic Nation has benefited from the expertise of Jodi Bilinkoff, Cammy Brothers, Renata Holod, Fernando Martı´nez Nespral, Gridley McKim- Smith, Daniel Nemser, Nichole Prescott, Larry Silver, and Amanda Wunder, who helped...