This volume considers the Arabic and African diasporas through the underexplored Afro-Hispanic, Luso-Africans, and Mahjari (South American and Mexican authors of Arab descent) experiences in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. Utilizing both established and emerging approaches, the authors explore the ways in which individual writers and artists negotiate the geographical, cultural, and historical parameters of their own diasporic trajectories influenced by their particular locations at home and elsewhere. At the same time, this volume sheds light on issues related to Spain, Portugal, and Latin American racial, ethnic, and sexual boundaries; the appeal of images of the Middle East and Africa in the contemporary marketplace; and the role of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American economic crunches in shaping attitudes towards immigration. This collection of thought-provoking chapters extends the concepts of diaspora and transnationalism, forcing the reader to reassess their present limitations as interpretive tools. In the process, Afro-Hispanic, Afro-Portuguese, and Mahjaris are rendered visible as national actors and transnational citizens.

chapter |19 pages


ByCristián H. Ricci

part Part I|73 pages


chapter 2|14 pages

Finding and Recording the Invisible

The Porteadoras of the Spanish-Moroccan Border in Documentary Film
ByRaquel Vega-Durán

chapter 3|17 pages

Saharaui Women Writers in Spain

Voices of Resistance in Mil y un poemas saharauis II [One Thousand and One Saharaui Poems II]
ByDebra Faszer-McMahon

chapter 4|14 pages

Sex, Identity, and Narration in the Equatoguinean Diaspora

ByMahan L. Ellison

chapter 5|13 pages

Mothering, Mestizaje and the Future of Spain

ByAnna Tybinko

part Part II|84 pages


chapter 7|22 pages

We Are Not Your Negroes

Analyzing Mural Representations of Blackness in Lisbon Metropolitan Area
ByMargarida Rendeiro

chapter 8|15 pages

Reclaiming an Individual Space

The Angolan Diaspora in Portugal
BySandra Sousa

chapter 9|13 pages

Luso-Arabic Poetry

Reviewing the Concept
ByCatarina Nunes de Almeida

chapter 10|16 pages

Portugal Against the Moors in the 21st Century

Invisible Diasporas and the “Mediatic Romanticism” of a Contemporary Opera 1
ByEverton V. Machado

part Part III|72 pages

Latin America

chapter 11|13 pages

Chilestinians and Journalism

ByHeba El Attar

chapter 12|13 pages

Writing South, Facing East

Arab Argentine Narratives
ByMarcus Palmer

chapter 13|16 pages

Chronicling “the Death of the Arab” in Colombian Literature

ByAngela Haddad

chapter 14|14 pages

The Otherness That Remains. The Past From The Future

Cuaderno de Chihuahua [Chihuahua Notebook] by Jeannette Lozano Clariond
ByRose Mary Salum

chapter 15|14 pages

The Idea of Translation in Ancient Tillage, by Raduan Nassar

ByNazir Ahmed Can