Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library N-3018, (631) 632-6031
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Daniela Flesler (Ph.D. Tulane University, 2001) is Associate Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literature. She specializes in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies, with a focus on issues of race, immigration, and contemporary uses of the past. Her book The Return of the Moor: Spanish Responses to Contemporary Moroccan Immigration (Purdue UP, 2008) examines the anxiety over symbolic and literal boundaries permeating Spain’s reception of Moroccan immigrants. It argues that Moroccans constitute a “problem” to Spaniards not because of their cultural differences, as many claim, but because they are not different enough. Perceived as “Moors,” they conjure up historical ghosts that continue to haunt the Spanish imaginary, revealing the acute tensions inherent to Spain’s liminal position between Europe and Africa.
She has co-edited with Tabea Linhard and Adrián Pérez Melgosa Revisiting Jewish Spain in the Modern Era (Routledge, 2013), an exploration of the different and contradictory ways in which Spain as a nation has tried to come to terms with its Jewish memory and with the absence/presence of Sephardic Jews from the nineteenth century to the present.
Her book manuscript in progress, for which she won an ACLS 2014-15 Fellowship, is entitled The Memory Work of Sepharad: New Inheritances for Twenty-First Century Spain.