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Simón Aguado's Entremés de los negros: Text and Context


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Although i is a critical commonplace to trace the florescence of interest in forms of neo-African writing back to Peninsular Spanish origins, surprisingly little scholarship has been done to study the black presence in the Iberian peninsula. Unfortunately, many older studies are posited on ill-defined notions of race and genotype. The terms 'Moor' and 'black' are used interchangeably, and references to blacks in major works of literature are often made without specific documentation.1 A review of the literature would seem to indicate, however, that many of the folkloric, linguistic, and stylized features associated with the black presence in the Americas had their origins in Spain.2 Although some recent scholarship has revealed a considerable corpus of works dealing with blacks in Spanish literature from the late Middle Ages to the Renaissance, many of the texts have not been the object of any detailed study.3

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