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The Anxiety of Sameness In Early Modern Spain$
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Christina H. Lee

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991203

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784991203.001.0001

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Desirable Moors and Moriscos in literary texts

Desirable Moors and Moriscos in literary texts

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(p.184) 6 Desirable Moors and Moriscos in literary texts
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The Anxiety of Sameness In Early Modern Spain
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Christina H. Lee

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784991203.003.0006

In “Chapter Six,” Lee proposes that the maurophilic trend in literature, which romanticized the Moor before he became a Morisco, may be interpreted as evidence that Old Christians were more at ease in situations where the assigned inferior subjects carried visible signs of difference. In her readings of Historia del Abencerraje y la hermosa Jarifa, Morisco ballads, the first part of Ginés Pérez de Hita’s Guerras civiles de Granada, and Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s El Tuzaní de la Alpujarra, she finds that Spaniards may have been attracted to the figure of the noble Moor because he embodied the exemplary defeated enemy. The Moor’s conspicuous exoticism made him desirable and ultimately domesticable by the Christian Knights. Lee further explores the Old Christian attraction to the exotic Christianized subject in Cervantes’ tale of the Moriscos Ricote and Ana Félix in the second part of Don Quijote de la Mancha (1615).

Keywords:   Don Quijote de la Mancha, Cervantes, Ricote, Calderón de la Barca, El Tuzaní de la Alpujarra, El Abencerraje, Maurophilia, Ginés Pérez de Hita, Guerras Civiles de Granada

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