Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-322) and index.
Introduction -- Tales of the Alhambra : Washington Irving and the immaculate conception of America -- Contesting the ideal : from the Moors of Hispania to the morenos of Hispaniola -- Bartolomé de Las Casas at the end of time, or, How the Indies were won and lost -- The creole in his labyrinth : the disquieting order of the being unbecoming -- Undoing the ideal : the life and passion of the mulatto -- Moors in heaven : a second Columbus and the return of the Zaharenian curse.
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