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DisorientationsSpanish Colonialism in Africa and the Performance of Identity$
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Susan Martin-Marquez

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300125207

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300125207.001.0001

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The “Savage” Art of Mimicry in Spain's Colonization of Sub-Saharan Africa

The “Savage” Art of Mimicry in Spain's Colonization of Sub-Saharan Africa

(p.64) 2 The “Savage” Art of Mimicry in Spain's Colonization of Sub-Saharan Africa

Susan Martin-Marquez

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This chapter explores a number of figures who are central to the articulation of the alterity of the self, including numerous pioneering anthropologists, the African explorer Manuel Iradier, and Ángel Ganivet. It argues that such alterity was experienced by a small number of Spaniards in the late 1800s, before the sequelae of neo-colonialist fervor had distracted the national attention from postcolonial disorientation: when they have discovered in fact that the self is inscribed in the Alter that the self needs to define itself against.

Keywords:   alterity, self, neo-colonialist, postcolonial, Spaniards, postcolonial disorientation

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