This article examines cultural aspects of Orientalism in Spain, as well as contextualising within them work by Gayangos and his son-in-law Riaño between the 1830s and early 1870s. It argues that there was an almost complete lack of connection between contentment with Christian victory in the peninsula, and any uniquely prejudiced 'discourse of Orientalism'. Basic attitudes towards the Orient alter surprisingly little after the mid-century; the main challenge is extensive national development and greater immediacy of conflict.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Estranged Self of Spain: Oriental Obsessions in the Time of Gayangos|
|Title of host publication||Pascual de Gayangos: A Nineteenth-Century Spanish Arabist|
|Editors||Cristina Álvarez Millán, Claudia Heide|
|Publisher||Edinburgh University Press|
|Pages||49 - 67|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|