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date: 17 August 2019

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Shakespeare was introduced into the Arab world in the first half of the nineteenth century, a period characterized both by Arab retreat from the international scene and by Western colonial desire in the Middle East. In the earliest productions the aura of Shakespeare’s canon was preserved and represented as a mythical space. But the second stage, from the early 1960s up to the present, has been characterized by postcolonial disavowal and revisions of power relationships through the practice of a ‘double critique’.

Keywords: Shakespeare negotiations, writing back, Shakespeare's Moors, pan-Arabism

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