The Spanish Race

Barbara Fuchs

in Rereading the Black Legend

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226307213
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307244 | DOI:
The Spanish Race

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This chapter considers the construction of Spanish identity, both within and outside Spain, in relation to “maurophilia” or the cultural fascination with the Moors in early modern Europe. It explains that “maurophilia” became so persistent that a hidden “Orient within” continuously reveals itself in multiple identifications of Spanish with specifically Moorish dress and cultural fashions. This chapter argues that it was the persistence of Moorishness within Spanish self-identity that enabled Northern Europe to denigrate Spain as the black other of its northern European self.

Keywords: Spanish identity; maurophilia; Moors; modern Europe; Moorish dress; cultural fashions; self-identity; Northern Europe; Moorishness

Chapter.  4724 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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