Home and Identity Between East and West, Past and Present: The Encounter Between Morroco and Spain in 'Cuentos de las dos Orillas'
The short stories describe the secular relations between Spain and Morroco, two countries that have been united through a common history and shared cultural heritage. The narratives thematize important aspects of the history and current social and political problems of the two countries: the memory of Muslim conquest, the Reconquista, ethnic and religious discrimination, migration and border crossings of various generations of immigrants. I want to explore how cultural memory is reworked in these narratives, and how identities are shaped in the encounter between past and present, East and West.
Keywords: The Arab-Muslim World and the West, Migration - Cultural identity
Dr. Barbara Schulz
Assistant Professor, Division of Social Sciences and Modern Languages, Eastern Oregon University
Research: urban transformation and identity in Latin American Literature.
Interest in Maghreb through music: violin player - tunes from the Middle East.
New research area: the encounter between the Maghreb and Spain in Music and Literature.