Home Away from Home
Immigrant Narratives, Domesticity, and Coloniality in Contemporary Spanish Culture
By N. Michelle Murray
232 pp., 6 x 9, 4 halftones, notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4746-3
Published: December 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4747-0
Published: December 2018
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About the Author
N. Michelle Murray is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University.
For more information about N. Michelle Murray, visit the Author Page.
“The study of immigrant domestic workers is essential to our understanding of Spain today, not only because it is a major source of employment for female immigrants but also because of the gendered nature of the work and attitudes toward it. This well-theorized and well-informed study of fiction and cinema from 1989 to 2010 prises out the complex mix of inclusion and exclusion involved in domestic work, with great sensitivity to issues of gender, race, and coloniality.”--Jo Labanyi, New York University
“Meticulously researched, sensibly theorized, carefully organized, and poignantly argued, Home Away from Home is an important addition to the conversation on gender, ethnicity, and immigration in contemporary Spain. Through perceptive analyses of films and literary texts and an incisive examination of notions and practices of domestic labor, social mobility, capitalist exploitation, coloniality, womanhood, and motherhood, Murray's book sheds new light on the intricacies, contradictions, and limitations of Spanish democracy and cultural production.”--Jorge Marí, North Carolina State University
“In Home Away from Home, Michelle Murray theorizes contemporary Spanish culture and society through the lens of immigrant domestic workers and their marginalized viewpoint. The subject is original and timely, and some of the conclusions drawn by Murray--such as the striking connections between domesticity and coloniality in postcolonial societies--compel us to rethink our understanding of the social and cultural dynamics in contemporary Spain. The analyses of films and literary texts are consistently insightful and well framed in their historical matrix. Highly recommended for scholars and students interested in contemporary Spain and migration studies.”--Jorge Pérez, The University of Texas at Austin