African Immigrants in Contemporary Spanish Texts

African Immigrants in Contemporary Spanish Texts

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Around the turn of 21st Century, Spain welcomed more than six million foreigners, many of them from various parts of the African continent. How African immigrants represent themselves and are represented in contemporary Spanish texts is the subject of this interdisciplinary collection. Analyzing blogs, films, translations, and literary works by contemporary authors including Donato Ndongo (Ecquatorial Guinea), Abderrahman El Fathi (Morocco), Chus GutiAcrrez (Spain), Juan Bonilla (Spain), and Bahia Mahmud Awah (Western Sahara), the contributors interrogate how Spanish cultural texts represent, idealize, or sympathize with the plight of immigrants, as well as the ways in which immigrants themselves represent Spain and Spanish culture. At the same time, these works shed light on issues related to Spaina€™s racial, ethnic, and sexual boundaries; the appeal of images of Africa in the contemporary marketplace; and the role of Spaina€™s economic crisis in shaping attitudes towards immigration. Taken together, the essays are a convincing reminder that cultural texts provide a mirror into the perceptions of a society during times of change.Well, I wasna#39;t saving people the way firemen or lifeguards do; all they really save are bodies. ... i traveled to places where poverty had hidden these treasures; I searched them out with infinite patience and rescued them. thata#39;s what i mean by saving lives. ... and racist anxieties of the spanish imaginary.4 in order to contextualize the argument about Los prAsncipes nubios, the first part of this essay provides aanbsp;...


Title:African Immigrants in Contemporary Spanish Texts
Author: Assoc Prof Debra Faszer-McMahon, Dr Victoria L. Ketz
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2015-04-28
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