Elizabethan Orientalism and its Contexts: The Representation of the Orient in Early Modern English Drama

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Title: Elizabethan Orientalism and its Contexts: The Representation of the Orient in Early Modern English Drama
Author: Bayouli, Tahar
Abstract: The article examines the tradition of Elizabethan Orientalism in relation to the political, historical, and cultural con- text of that time. By establishing diplomacy and economic link with the Middle-East countries, the interests of intellectuals and artists for Orient increased. The study is focused on the image of the Orient in the Elizabethan theatre, claiming that stereotypes, misconcep- tions and excesses in the portrait of the Orient seem to be challenged within the Elizabethan drama. It shows that the Orient was not only presented as a negative Other, backward, fanatic and barbarian – the antipode of civilized Europe – but also presents a number of plays which avoid a stereotyped treatment and show a real interest in ex- ploring and understanding it. Examining the Orientalist tradition in the Elizabethan theatre, the author intends to emphasize the multi- sided nature of Orientalism, which significantly shaped the theatre as a dominant Elizabethan public art form. The studies of scholars and critics investigating Orien
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1022
Date: 2009


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