By Dr. Susan Martin-Marquez
This publication explores from a brand new standpoint the fraught approaches of Spaniards' efforts to formulate a countrywide identification, from the Enlightenment to the current day. concentrating on the nation’s Islamic-African legacy, Susan Martin-Márquez disputes got knowledge that Spain has continually rejected its historic courting to Muslims and Africans. as an alternative, she argues, Spaniards have occasionally denied and occasionally embraced this legacy, and that vacillation has served to destabilize possibly fastened borders among Europe and the Muslim international and among Europe and Africa.
Martin-Márquez analyzes a wealth of texts produced by way of Spaniards in addition to through Africans and Afro-Spaniards from the early 19th century ahead. She illuminates the complexities and disorientations of Spanish identification and indicates how its evolution has very important implications for present debates not just in Spanish tradition but in addition in different international locations fascinated with negotiating a latest identity.