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Abindarráez, el morisco perfecto

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dc.contributor.advisor Michelotti, Graciela Durlacher, Peter 2017-09-01T16:17:22Z 2017-09-01T16:17:22Z 2017
dc.description.abstract In 711, the Muslim moors of North Africa invaded the Iberian Peninsula; the period between 711 and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 is understood as a time of convivencia, or coexistence. This convivencia ended as the laws of the land shifted more overtly to policies of intolerance. In the early 16th century, the Moors of Spain faced forced conversions to Christianity, shifting identities to moriscos, or the Christian descendants of Muslim Moors. Being of direct Christian descent held social benefits in Christian Spanish society, as moriscos were marginalized by their Christian counterparts in many regions of Spain. However, it is argued that Spanish literary works, categorized as representing the “Noble Moor”, which represented Moors as being distinctly of high class and comportment, pushed back against the understanding of the morisco as lesser. One such representation, El Abencerraje, published by Antonio de Villegas in a manuscript in 1565, is notorious for representing the Moor Abindarráez and the Christian Rodrigo de Narváez as equally chivalrous and noble throughout the story, even as the moor was the christian’s prisoner. However, by comparing El Abencerraje with the representation of moriscos in the short story about Ozmín y Daraja within Mateo Alemán’s Guzmán de Alfarache, it is shown in this work that Abindarráez in fact represents, in the eyes of the Christians, the ideal morisco, by being submissive, identifiable, and innocuous.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Spanish
dc.language.iso spa
dc.title Abindarráez, el morisco perfecto
dc.type Thesis
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