Bartels, Emily Carroll.

Speaking of the Moor : from Alcazar to Othello / Emily C. Bartels. - Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2008. - viii, 252 p. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-241) and index.

On sitting down to read Othello once again -- Enter Barbary: The battle of Alcazar and 'the World' -- Imperialist beginnings: Hakluyt's Navigations and the place and displacement of Africa -- 'Incorporate in Rome': Titus Andronicus and the consequence of conquest -- Too many blackamoors: deportation, discrimination, and Elizabeth I -- Banishing 'all the Moors': Lust's dominion and the story of Spain -- Cultural traffic: The history and description of Africa and the unmooring of the Moor -- The 'stranger of here and everywhere': Othello and the Moor of Venice.

"In Speaking of the Moor, Emily Bartels sets the early modern Moor plays beside contemporaneous texts that embed Moorish figures within England's historical record - Richard Hakluyt's Principal Navigations, Queen Elizabeth's letters proposing the deportation of England's "blackamoors," and John Pory's translation of The History and Description of Africa. Her book uncovers the surprising complexity of England's negotiation and accommodation of difference at the end of the Elizabethan era."--BOOK JACKET.

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Peele, George, 1556-1596. Battle of Alcazar.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Othello.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Titus Andronicus.


Lust's dominion; or, The lascivious queen.


English drama--History and criticism.--Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600
Blacks in literature.
Race in literature.


Africa--In literature.
England--Race relations--History--16th century.

PR658.A4 / B37 2008

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