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I am the co-editor, with Dr Anna McSweeney (Warburg Institute), of a special issue of Art in Translation on "Spain and Orientalism". This is the first substantial English-language publication on this topic. It includes seven essays, representing fresh research into diverse Spanish visual representations of her Islamic past (711-1492) and her nearest ‘Orient’: Morocco. The time span ranges from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, reflecting a period in which the monumental heritage of al-Andalus established itself as a major tourist attraction and, at the same time, shaped internal debates about Spain’s national identity and the colonial discourse on Morocco. The essays reveal Spanish Orientalism as a complex and paradoxical phenomenon that resists orthodox understandings of Orientalism in terms of binaries us/them.
The publication opens up an important field of research that is largely unfamiliar in Anglo-American art history. It also contributes to widen the ongoing theoretical debates on Orientalism in European art and culture.