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Author Civantos, Christina, 1970- author

Title The afterlife of al-Andalus : Muslim Iberia in contemporary Arab and Hispanic narratives / Christina Civantos
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 362 pages) : maps
Series SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian thought and culture
SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian thought and culture.
Contents Introduction: shared legacies and connected histories -- Cultural (un)translatability and narratives of identity in representations of ibn Rushd/Averroes. Borges and his Arab interlocutors: Orientalism, translation, and epistemology -- Ibn Rushd and freedom of expression: the construction and fragmentation of identity narratives -- To and from al-Andalus: migration and coloniality. The migration of a hero: the construction and deconstruction Tariq ibn Ziyad -- Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammad XII (Boabdil) and other migrants -- Coda: Columbus and coloniality -- Florinda, Wallada, and "Scheherazade" or the women of al-Andalus and the stories they tell -- Florinda and Wallada: subjugation, seduction, and textual transformation -- Scheherazade: al-Andalus as seduction and as story -- Conclusion: re-weaving narratives of al-Andalus, identity, and tolerance
Summary The first study to undertake a wide-ranging comparison of invocations of al-Andalus across the the Arab and Hispanic worlds. Around the globe, concerns about interfaith relations have led to efforts to find earlier models in Muslim Iberia (al-Andalus). This book examines how Muslim Iberia operates as an icon or symbol of identity in twentieth and twenty-first century narrative, drama, television, and film from the Arab world, Spain, and Argentina. Christina Civantos demonstrates how cultural agents in the present ascribe importance to the past and how dominant accounts of this importance are contested. Civantos's analysis reveals that, alongside established narratives that use al-Andalus to create exclusionary, imperial identities, there are alternate discourses about the legacy of al-Andalus that rewrite the traditional narratives. In the process, these discourses critique their imperial and gendered dimensions and pursue intercultural translation. Christina Civantos is Associate Professor of Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami and the author of Between Argentines and Arabs: Argentine Orientalism, Arab Immigrants, and the Writing of Identity, also published by SUNY Press
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Arabic literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Comparative literature -- Arabic and Spanish
Comparative literature -- Spanish and Arabic
Spanish literature -- Arab influences.
Spanish literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Andalusia (Spain) -- In literature.
Spain -- Civilization -- Islamic influences.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016051884
ISBN 1438466714 (electronic bk.)
9781438466712 (electronic bk.)
(hardcover : alk. paper)
(hardcover : alk. paper)