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Disorientations: Spanish Colonialism in Africa and the Performance of Identity

Susan Martin-Marquez


This book explores from a new perspective the fraught processes of Spaniards' efforts to formulate a national identity, from the Enlightenment to the present day. Focusing on the nation's Islamic-African legacy, the book disputes received wisdom that Spain has consistently rejected its historical relationship to Muslims and Africans. Instead, it argues, Spaniards have sometimes denied and sometimes embraced this legacy, and that vacillation has served to destabilize presumably fixed borders between Europe and the Muslim world and between Europe and Africa. The book analyzes a wealth of texts p ... More

Keywords: national identity, Enlightenment, Spain, Muslims, Africans, Europe, Spanish identity, Spanish culture, modern identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780300125207
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300125207.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Martin-Marquez, author