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Maurophilia And The Morisco Subject

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This chapter is part of a larger project on the negotiation of the Andalusi cultural heritage within Spain after the fall of Granada. The goal is to challenge the sense of 1492 as an absolute dividing line for Hispanic culture. The chapter argues that the fiction of supersession, which imagines a present that replaces and improves upon a past left behind, involves a deliberate effort of rhetorical and historiographical construction, in order to tell one calculated story of how the nation came to be. Maurophilia and maurophobia are inextricably intertwined with central strands of Spanish history in the sixteenth century: not just the obvious questions of religious assimilation vs. the racialization of minorities, but also the problem of local vs. national cultures, the tension between a centralizing monarchy and regional aristocracies, and the struggles between political exigency and religious policy.

Keywords: Andalusi cultural heritage; Hispanic culture; maurophilia; maurophobia; Spanish history; supersession



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