Speaking Of The Moor

Author: Emily C. Bartels
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812200294
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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title "Speak of me as I am," Othello, the Moor of Venice, bids in the play that bears his name. Yet many have found it impossible to speak of his ethnicity with any certainty. What did it mean to be a Moor in the early modern period? In the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, when England was expanding its reach across the globe, the Moor became a central character on the English stage. In The Battle of Alcazar, Titus Andronicus, Lust's Dominion, and Othello, the figure of the Moor took definition from multiple geographies, histories, religions, and skin colors. Rather than casting these variables as obstacles to our—and England's—understanding of the Moor's racial and cultural identity, Emily C. Bartels argues that they are what make the Moor so interesting and important in the face of growing globalization, both in the early modern period and in our own. In Speaking of the Moor, 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.

A Night On The Moor And Other Tales Of Dread

Author: R. Murray Gilchrist
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
ISBN: 1840225416
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Robert Murray Gilchrist (1868-1917) is perhaps best known for his interest in topography, and for his stories set in Derbyshire's Peak District.But he was also a master of mystery and horror, as this richly varied collection shows. If you are looking for a conventional horror story, in which the supernatural element is paramount, try 'The Crimson Weaver', 'Dame Inowslad', 'Witch In-Grain', or 'A Night on the Moor'. If you are more taken with the psychology of the participants, often allied to a fascination with the killing of friends or lovers, then 'Francis Shackerley', 'The Noble Courtesan', 'Althea Swathmore', and 'My Friend' will be right up your street.For humour we are offered the Peakland comedy of 'The Panicle' or 'A Witch in the Peak'. And when it comes to love, there are the tragic and poignant tales we might expect ('The Return', 'The Lost Mistress', ''The Madness of Betty Hooton), but also the engaging and unusual 'Bubble Magic' - a story of romantic betrayal which hints at a happy ending.

The Moor

Author: William Atkins
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571290062
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In this deeply personal journey across our nation's most forbidding and most mysterious terrain, William Atkins takes the reader from south to north, in search of the heart of this elusive landscape. His account is both travelogue and natural history, and an exploration of moorland's uniquely captivating position in our literature, history and psyche. Atkins may be a solitary wanderer across these vast expanses, but his journey is full of encounters, busy with the voices of the moors, past and present: murderers and monks, smugglers and priests, gamekeepers and ramblers, miners and poets, developers and environmentalists. As he travels, he shows us that the fierce landscapes we associate with Wuthering Heights and The Hound of the Baskervilles are far from being untouched wildernesses. Daunting and defiant, the moors echo with tales of a country and the people who live in it - a mighty, age-old landscape standing steadfast against the passage of time.