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#141 xanderl


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 07:38 AM

An interesting article on this by Jonathan Bate. I think similar points are made in "The Genius of Shakespeare"



The primary usage of the term "Moor" in early modern English was as a religious, not a racial, identification: Moor meant "Mohamedan", that is Muslim. The word was frequently used as a general term for "not one of us", non-Christian.


The second Elizabethan sense of the word "Moor" was specifically racial and geographical; it referred to a native or inhabitant of Mauretania, a region of North Africa corresponding to parts of present-day Morocco and Algeria. This association is invoked when Iago falsely tells Roderigo, towards the end of the play, that Othello "goes into Mauretania, and takes away with him the fair Desdemona".

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#142 Lynette


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 08:03 AM

Interesting articel , X, thanks for putting that up.

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