Another book I have never read is the History of Sexuality — I was bored with Foucault when it came out and could not take him seriously, and I have never gotten back to it. I should probably read it now along with everything else there is about the body, because race is about bodies, and the castas are colonial bodies.
In class we discussed some of the Moroccan letters of José de Cadalso, and the students could not understand them; narrative voice is complex from their point of view and the world to which it refers is strange. “How to become modern, yet retain Spanishness,” was an issue they captured.
Looking for more material to help elucidate these matters I came upon this book, one of the many I have read reviews of and then not returned to. If I designed a Spanish program or if I redesign this one I do not think I will have a Peninsular / Spanish American separation.