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Dirassat

Abstract

The European literature is fraught with the stories of the Moorish villains and the dark side of their presence in the west as the Other and a threat. The post-colonial writers, critics and even some commentators have tried to reevaluate these works and shed lights on the canonical orientation for the sake of correcting and refraining these misconceptions and representations. In this article, the aim is to analyze texts and stories to dismantle the European discourse on race and to understand the extent to which the European canonized texts canbe taken for granted as a haven of European cultural discourse as a whole. The present paper seeks to spotlight on these issues through a deep examination of George Peel’s play, The Battle of Alcazar. The results show that the play contains two opposite visions towards The Moors: One negative and the other is positive. The positive side of the Moors is understood when Morocco formed a real threat to England and the negative is mainly voiced by the Presenter which has its roots in the European prese-conception of the Moors. The play eventually forms a challenge to the Eurocentric Discourse on Race.

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