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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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Staging the Odalisque's Conquest in the Spanish-Moroccan War (1859–60)

Staging the Odalisque's Conquest in the Spanish-Moroccan War (1859–60)

(p.101) 3 Staging the Odalisque's Conquest in the Spanish-Moroccan War (1859–60)

Susan Martin-Marquez

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This chapter explores the artistic and literary portrayals of the Spanish-Moroccan War. This war in Africa has helped inspire numerous and conflicted meditations on the nature of Spanish national identity, which reflected nascent as well as ongoing anxieties over the matters of religion, race, and gender. During the wartime period, the increasing secularization of the Spanish society impelled the Neo-Catholic movement to reaffirm Spain's Catholic roots. While they have associated moral decline with the loss of faith, liberal thinkers also took this opportunity to let their voices be heard and tackled the discourses of racial degeneration and gender roles. Furthermore, the ongoing negotiations of identity undertaken at the time were influenced by the growing presence of nationalism.

Keywords:   national identity, Spain, nationalism, war, Spanish-Moroccan War

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