Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires

Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires

by Margaret R. Greer
     
 


The phrase “The Black Legend” was coined in 1912 by a Spanish journalist in protest of the characterization of Spain by other Europeans as a backward country defined by ignorance, superstition, and religious fanaticism, whose history could never recover from the black mark of its violent conquest of the Americas. Challenging this stereotype,

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The phrase “The Black Legend” was coined in 1912 by a Spanish journalist in protest of the characterization of Spain by other Europeans as a backward country defined by ignorance, superstition, and religious fanaticism, whose history could never recover from the black mark of its violent conquest of the Americas. Challenging this stereotype, Rereading the Black Legend contextualizes Spain’s uniquely tarnished reputation by exposing the colonial efforts of other nations whose interests were served by propagating the “Black Legend.”

A distinguished group of contributors here examine early modern imperialisms including the Ottomans in Eastern Europe, the Portuguese in East India, and the cases of Mughal India and China, to historicize the charge of unique Spanish brutality in encounters with indigenous peoples during the Age of Exploration. The geographic reach and linguistic breadth of this ambitious collection will make it a valuable resource for any discussion of race, national identity, and religious belief in the European Renaissance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226307213
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/15/2007
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Margaret R. Greer is professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University.

Walter D. Mignolo is the William H. Wannamaker Professor of Romance Studies and director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University.

Maureen Quilligan is the Florence R. Brinkley Professor of English at Duke University.
 
 
 
 
 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      
 
1          Introduction     
Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan
 
 
Part I    Two Empires of the East
 
2          An Imperial Caste: Inverted Racialization in the Architecture of Ottoman Sovereignty    
Leslie Peirce
 
3          Hierarchies of Age and Gender in the Mughal Construction of Domesticity and Empire              
Ruby Lal
 
 
Part II              Spain: Conquista and Reconquista
 
4          Race and the Middle Ages: The Case of Spain and Its Jews                 
David Nirenberg
 
5          The Spanish Race        
Barbara Fuchs
 
6          The Black Legend and Global Conspiracies: Spain, the Inquisition, and the Emerging Modern World    
Irene Silverblatt

7          Of Books, Popes, and Huacas; or, The Dilemmas of Being Christian    
Gonzalo Lamana

8          The View of the Empire from the Altepetl: Nahua Historical and Global Imagination     
SilverMoon and Michael Ennis
 
9          “Race” and “Class” in the Spanish Colonies of America: A Dynamic Social Perception  
Yolanda Fabiola Orquera
 
10        Unfixing Race              
Kathryn Burns
 
 
Part III             Dutch Designs

11        Discipline and Love: Linschoten and the Estado da Índia         
Carmen Nocentelli-Truett 

12        Rereading Theodore de Bry’s Black Legend                
Patricia Gravatt
 
           
Part IV             Belated England
 
13        West of Eden: American Gold, Spanish Greed, and the Discourses of English Imperialism         
Edmund Valentine Campos
 
14        Blackening “the Turk” in Roger Ascham’s A Report of Germany (1553)         
Linda Bradley Salamon

15        Nations into Persons    
Jeffrey Knapp
 
 
Afterword: What Does the Black Legend Have to Do with Race?        
Walter D. Mignolo
 
Notes  
Bibliography   
List of Contributors   
Index

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