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Author Lee, Christina Hyo Jung, 1973-
Title The anxiety of sameness in early modern Spain / Christina H. Lee.
Imprint Manchester : Manchester University Press, [2016]

Author Lee, Christina Hyo Jung, 1973-
Series Studies in early modern European history.
Studies in early modern European history.
Subject Spanish literature -- To 1500 -- History and criticism.
Spanish literature -- 17th century -- History and criticism.
Social classes -- Spain -- History -- 17th century.
Social classes -- Spain -- History -- 16th century.
Group identity -- Spain -- History.
Ethnicity -- Spain -- History.
Social groups in literature.
Spain -- Social conditions -- 16th century.
Spain -- Social conditions -- 17th century.
Description 1 online resource (x, 249 pages) : illustrations.
Note Print version record.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-236) and index.
Contents Figures -- Acknowledgements -- Note on translations -- Introduction -- I. The usurpation of nobility and low-born passers -- 1. Theorising and practising nobility -- Defining hidalguia in early modernity ; 'The natural hatred they harbour for hidalgos' -- 2. The forgery of nobility in literary texts -- Hidalgo envy in picaresque narratives ; Feminising social climbers: the case of Teresa de Manzanares ; Envisioning the worst : passing downwards in Marcos de Obregon ; The anxiety of sameness conquered in Don Quijote de la Mancha -- II. Conversos and the threat of sameness -- 3. Spotting Converso blood in official and unofficial discourses -- Bleeding Conversos ; Cataloguing Conversos -- 4. The unmasking of Conversos in popular and literary texts -- The Converso body identified through disgust in imaginative literature ; Seeking difference as evasion of the self -- III. Moriscos and the reassurance of difference -- 5. Imagining the Morisco problem -- Misreading the Morisco problem ; The reassurance of difference in post-expulsion judicial narratives -- 6. Desirable Moors and Moriscos in literary texts -- From loyal Moor to problematised Morisco in the second part of Guerras civiles de Granada and El Tuzani de la Alpujarra ; Resemblance as grounds for expulsion in Don Quijote de la Mancha (1615) -- Conclusion.
Summary The author examines a broad range of fiction and non-fiction works, many relatively unknown, to analyse how discourses about non-elites, conversos and moriscos, reveal anxieties in their Old Christian readers and authors.
"This book explores the Spanish elite's fixation on social and racial 'passing' and 'passers', as represented in a wide range of texts. It examines literary and non-literary works produced in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that express the dominant Spaniards' anxiety that socially mobile lowborns, Conversos (converted Jews), and Moriscos (converted Muslims) could impersonate and pass for 'pure' Christians like themselves. Ultimately, this book argues that while conspicuous sociocultural and ethnic difference was certainly perturbing and unsettling, in some ways it was not as threatening to the dominant Spanish identity as the potential discovery of the arbitrariness that separated them from the undesirables of society - and therefore the recognition of fundamental sameness."-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN 9781784996970 (electronic bk.)
1784996971 (electronic bk.)
9781784991203 (hardback)
1784991201 (hardback)
OCLC # 940931816
Additional Format Print version: Lee, Christina H. Anxiety of sameness in early modern Spain. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2016 9781784991203 1784991201.

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