Rereading the Black Legend The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires

ISBN-10: 0226307220

ISBN-13: 9780226307220

Edition: 2008

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The phrase "The Black Legend" was coined in 1912 by a Spanish journalist in protest of the characterization of Spain by other Europeans as a backward country defined by ignorance, superstition, and religious fanaticism, whose history could never recover from the black mark of its violent conquest of the Americas. Challenging this stereotype, "Rereading the Black Legend" contextualizes Spain's uniquely tarnished reputation by exposing the colonial efforts of other nations whose interests were served by propagating the "Black Legend." A distinguished group of contributors here examine early modern imperialisms including the Ottomans in Eastern Europe, the Portuguese in East India, and the cases of Mughal India and China, to historicize the charge of unique Spanish brutality in encounters with indigenous peoples during the Age of Exploration. The geographic reach and linguistic breadth of this ambitious collection will make it a valuable resource for any discussion of race, national identity, and religious belief in the European Renaissance.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Margaret R. Greeris professor of Spanish at Duke University. She is the author or editor of many books, including the coeditor ofRereading the Black Legend, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Elizabeth Rhodesis associate professor of Hispanic studies at Boston College. She is the author, most recently, ofThis Tight Embrace: Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza (1566–1614). nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; nbsp;

Maureen Quilligan is R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and Department Chair at Duke University. She is the author, most recently, of The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan's Cite des Dames.

Walter D. Mignolo is Director of the Institute for Global Studies in Humanities, William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author ofThe Idea of Latin America;Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking; andThe Darker Side of The Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality and Colonizationand a co-editor ofRereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires.

Two Empires of the East
An Imperial Caste: Inverted Racialization in the Architecture of Ottoman Sovereignty
Hierarchies of Age and Gender in the Mughal Construction of Domesticity and Empire
Spain: Conquista and Reconquista
Race and the Middle Ages: The Case of Spain and Its Jews
The Spanish Race
The Black Legend and Global Conspiracies: Spain, the Inquisition, and the Emerging Modern World
Of Books, Popes, and Huacas; or, The Dilemmas of Being Christian
The View of the Empire from the Altepetl: Nahua Historical and Global Imagination
"Race" and "Class" in the Spanish Colonies of America: A Dynamic Social Perception
Unfixing Race
Dutch Designs
Discipline and Love: Linschoten and the Estado da India
Rereading Theodore de Bry's Black Legend
Belated England
West of Eden: American Gold, Spanish Greed, and the Discourses of English Imperialism
Blackening "the Turk" in Roger Ascham's A Report of Germany (1553)
Nations into Persons
Afterword: What Does the Black Legend Have to Do with Race?
List of Contributors
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