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Colonial and postcolonial studies; Mediterranean studies; Arabic language and literature; Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain); travel writing.
My work explores the politics of representing the past in modern Spanish and Arabic literature and culture. My research is primarily focused on Spanish colonialism in Morocco (1859-1956), as represented by Spanish and Moroccan writers, but I am also interested in Spanish and Arabic historiography, Spanish and Arabic travel narratives, the history of convivencia, and the emergence of an al-Andalus “culture industry” (consisting of museums, festivals, and tourist routes) in twentieth-century Spain, Morocco, Algeria, and Syria. Though my research focuses mostly on the nineteenth century, it responds to the changing ethnic and religious demographics of the contemporary Spanish citizenry and also reflects a concern for Spain and Morocco’s continuing roles as thresholds between Europe and Africa, and between Christianity and Islam. In addition to my scholarly interests, I also write literary essays and other forms of creative non-fiction for popular magazines and newspapers.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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