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The Return of the Moor

Spanish Responses to Contemporary Moroccan Immigration


Publication Year: 2008

The Return of the Moor examines the anxiety over symbolic and literal boundaries permeating the Spanish reception of these immigrants through an interdisciplinary analysis of social, fictional and performative texts. It argues that Moroccans constitute a “problem” to Spaniards not because of their cultural differences, as many claim, but because they are not different enough.

Published by: Purdue University Press

Series: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. v

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pp. vii-viii

This book would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of many people. I thank the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Dean James V. Staros...

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Introduction: European Immigration, New Racism, and the Case of Spain

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pp. 1-16

On November 10, 1992, in the wake of the 500th anniversary of the Christian conquest of Granada, the Spanish state signed a cooperation agreement with the Islamic communities in Spain, which became Law 26/1992. As explained in the...

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Chapter One: Difference Within and Without

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pp. 17-54

This chapter examines the dynamics of Spanish “difference” within Europe and within Spain’s own regions as related to the issue of immigration. More specifically, it analyzes how current Moroccan immigration to Spain both destabilizes and...

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Chapter Two: Ghostly Returns

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pp. 55-96

One of the most troubling aspects of the current relationship of Spaniards as hosts and Moroccans as guests is a slippage by which Moroccans are transformed from immigrants who have come in search of economic opportunities to invaders who...

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Chapter Three: Playing Guest and Host

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pp. 97-130

This chapter examines the relationship between Moroccan immigration and the current popularity of the figure of the medieval Moor in the culture and tourist industry, focusing on the “boom” of historical novels and the multitudinous festivals...

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Chapter Four: Impossible Love

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pp. 131-162

The European (mostly retirees) and Latin American (mostly political) immigrants of the 1970s and early 1980s were seen as generally belonging to the same “cultural traditions” as Spaniards. In contrast, the arrival of African and North African immigrants in the late 1980s and 1990s were received...

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Chapter Five: Testimonies of Immigrant Life

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pp. 163-194

As it attempts to establish clear-cut differences with Moroccans, the narrative strategy explored in this chapter is what I call the ethnographic performance. Its formula constructs immigrants as subalterns to be interviewed...

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pp. 195-198

A thread of profound anxiety runs through the many narratives that chronicle contemporary Spanish responses to Moroccan immigration. This uneasiness was compounded by the fact that this immigration phenomenon began to take place...


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pp. 199-218

Works Cited

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pp. 219-238


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pp. 239-245

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About the Author

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pp. 246

Daniela Flesler, State University of New York, Stony Brook, specializes in contemporary Spanish literary and cultural studies, with a focus on transnationalism, immigration, and the construction of national identities....

E-ISBN-13: 9781612491219
E-ISBN-10: 1612491219
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557534835
Print-ISBN-10: 1557534837

Page Count: 188
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures