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The Anxiety of Sameness In Early Modern Spain

Christina H. Lee


This book explores the Spanish elite’s fixation on social and racial “passing” and “passers” as represented in a wide range of texts produced in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It examines literary and non-literary works that express the dominant Spaniards’ anxiety that socially mobile New Christians could impersonate and pass as versions of themselves. Current scholarship has implicitly postulated that the social energy that led to the massive marginalization of New Christians and/or lowborns from central social spaces, and the marginals’ attempts to hide their true identity, had its ... More

Keywords: New Christians, Conversos, Moriscos, Social mobility, Expulsion, Hidalguia, Nobility, Limpieza

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781784991203
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784991203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina H. Lee, author
Princeton University