Exotic Nation: Maurophilia and the Construction of Early Modern Spain

Exotic Nation: Maurophilia and the Construction of Early Modern Spain

by Barbara Fuchs


$40.49 $45.00 Save 10% Current price is $40.49, Original price is $45. You Save 10%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Eligible for FREE SHIPPING


Exotic Nation: Maurophilia and the Construction of Early Modern Spain by Barbara Fuchs

In the Western imagination, Spain often evokes the colorful culture of al-Andalus, the Iberian region once ruled by Muslims. Tourist brochures inviting visitors to sunny and romantic Andalusia, home of the ingenious gardens and intricate arabesques of Granada's Alhambra Palace, are not the first texts to trade on Spain's relationship to its Moorish past. Despite the fall of Granada to the Catholic Monarchs in 1492 and the subsequent repression of Islam in Spain, Moorish civilization continued to influence both the reality and the perception of the Christian nation that emerged in place of al-Andalus.

In Exotic Nation, Barbara Fuchs explores the paradoxes in the cultural construction of Spain in relation to its Moorish heritage through an analysis of Spanish literature, costume, language, architecture, and chivalric practices. Between 1492 and the expulsion of the Moriscos (Muslims forcibly converted to Christianity) in 1609, Spain attempted to come to terms with its own Moorishness by simultaneously repressing Muslim subjects and appropriating their rich cultural heritage. Fuchs examines the explicit romanticization of the Moors in Spanish literature—often referred to as "literary maurophilia"—and the complex, often silent presence of Moorish forms in Spanish material culture. The extensive hybridization of Iberian culture suggests that the sympathetic depiction of Moors in the literature of the period does not trade in exoticism but instead reminded Spaniards of the place of Moors and their descendants within Spain. Meanwhile, observers from outside Spain recognized its cultural debt to al-Andalus, often deliberately casting Spain as the exotic racial other of Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812241358
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 12/09/2008
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Barbara Fuchs is Professor of Spanish and English at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of Romance and Passing for Spain: Cervantes and the Fictions of Identity.

Table of Contents

1. The Quotidian and the Exotic
2. In Memory of Moors: History, Maurophilia, and the Built Vernacular
3. The Moorish Fashion
4. Playing the Moor
5. The Spanish Race
Postscript Moorish Commonplaces


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews