REREADING THE BLACK LEGEND: The discourses of racial and religious difference in the renaissance empires, edited by MARGARET R. GREER, WALTER D. MIGNOLO, MAUREEN QUILLIGAN
Tuesday, February 5, 2008, 6:30pm, Biddle Rare Book Room, Perkins Library
Book Sale + Reception to Follow
About the Faculty Bookwatch Series
Presented by the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Duke University Libraries, Faculty Bookwatch is a series intended to celebrate and to encourage scholarly conversations on important recent books by Duke humanities faculty. Each program consists of a panel discussion on the book with speakers representing different fields and disciplines, with addition remarks by the featured author(s).
About the Featured Book
The phrase “The Black Legend” was coined in 1912 by a Spanish journalist in protest of the characterization of Spain by other Europeans as a backward country defined by ignorance, superstition, and religious fanaticism, whose history could never recover from the black mark of its violent conquest of the Americas. Challenging this stereotype, REREADING THE BLACK LEGEND contextualizes Spain’s uniquely tarnished reputation by exposing the colonial efforts of other nations whose interests were served by propagating the “Black Legend.” A distinguished group of contributors here examine early modern imperialisms including the Ottomans in Eastern Europe, the Portuguese in East India, and the cases of Mughal India and China, to historicize the charge of unique Spanish brutality in encounters with indigenous peoples during the Age of Exploration. The geographic reach and linguistic breadth of this ambitious collection will make it a valuable resource for any discussion of race, national identity, and religious belief in the European Renaissance.
Panelists: Lewis Gordon, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Judaic Studies + Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought and the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies, Temple University; Margaret R. Greer, Professor of Spanish + former Chair of Romance Studies, Duke University; Leslie Peirce, Silver Professor of History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University with Walter D. Mignolo, William H. Wannamaker Professor of Romance Studies, Literature, and Cultural Anthropology + Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University; and Maureen Quilligan, Florence R. Brinkley Professor + former Chair of English, Duke University
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