1st Edition

Twenty-First Century Arab and African Diasporas in Spain, Portugal and Latin America

Edited By Cristián H. Ricci Copyright 2023
    266 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume considers the Arabic and African diasporas through the underexplored Afro-Hispanic, Luso-Africans, and Mahjari (South American and Mexican authors of Arab descent) experiences in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. Utilizing both established and emerging approaches, the authors explore the ways in which individual writers and artists negotiate the geographical, cultural, and historical parameters of their own diasporic trajectories influenced by their particular locations at home and elsewhere. At the same time, this volume sheds light on issues related to Spain, Portugal, and Latin American racial, ethnic, and sexual boundaries; the appeal of images of the Middle East and Africa in the contemporary marketplace; and the role of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American economic crunches in shaping attitudes towards immigration. This collection of thought-provoking chapters extends the concepts of diaspora and transnationalism, forcing the reader to reassess their present limitations as interpretive tools. In the process, Afro-Hispanic, Afro-Portuguese, and Mahjaris are rendered visible as national actors and transnational citizens.



    Cristián H. Ricci



    1 Integration, School, and the Children of North African Immigrants in Spain

    Daniela Flesler

    2 Finding and Recording the Invisible: The Porteadoras of the Spanish-Moroccan Border in Documentary Film

    Raquel Vega-Durán

    3 Saharaui Women Writers in Spain: Voices of Resistance in Mil y un poemas saharauis II [One Thousand and One Saharaui Poems II]

    Debra Faszer-McMahon

    4 Sex, Identity, and Narration in the Equatoguinean Diaspora

    Mahan L. Ellison

    5 Mothering, Mestizaje and the Future of Spain

    Anna Tybinko



    6 Black Migration, Citizenship, and Racial Capital in Post-Imperial Portugal

    Daniel F. Silva

    7 We Are Not Your Negroes: Analyzing Mural Representations of Blackness in Lisbon Metropolitan Area

    Margarida Rendeiro

    8 Reclaiming an Individual Space: The Angolan Diaspora in Portugal

    Sandra Sousa

    9 Luso-Arabic Poetry: Reviewing the Concept

    Catarina Nunes de Almeida

    10 Portugal Against the Moors in the 21st Century: Invisible Diasporas and the "Mediatic Romanticism" of a Contemporary Opera

    Everton V. Machado



    11 Chilestinians and Journalism

    Heba El Attar

    12 Writing South, Facing East: Arab Argentine Narratives

    Marcus Palmer

    13 Chronicling "the Death of the Arab" in Colombian Literature

    Angela Haddad

    14 The Otherness That Remains. The Past From The Future: Cuaderno de Chihuahua [Chihuahua Notebook] by Jeannette Lozano Clariond

    Rose Mary Salum

    The Idea of Translation in Ancient Tillage, by Raduan Nassar

    Nazir Ahmed Can


    Cristián H. Ricci is a professor of Iberian studies and North African studies at the University of California, Merced. His literary research interests and experience include the narrative of Spain, the literature of Morocco written in Western European languages (Castilian, Catalan, French, Dutch, English), and the literatures of Equatorial Guinea and Latin America from 1800 through the present. He is the author of El espacio urbano en la narrativa del Madrid de la Edad de Plata, 1900-1938 (2009), Literatura periférica en castellano y catalán: el caso marroquí (2010), ¡Hay moros en la costa! Literatura marroquí fronteriza en castellano y catalán (2014), and New Voices of Muslim North African Migrants in Europe (2019). He is the codirector of Transmodernity. Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World.