"Turning Moor": Apostasy, Miscegenation and National Identity

Khalid Bekkaoui (Dhar Al-Mahraz/ Fez University, Morocco)

My paper deals with two cultural encounters between Morocco and Britain through Thomas Pellow, The Adventures of Thomas Pellow (1739) and Emily Keene (Sharifa of Wazzan), My Life Story (1911). These works are presented as an active and victorious celebration of the cultural identity of Europe and a denigration of the foreign race. "Turning Moor" retraces the traits and inscriptions of Difference in the texture of the Self and argues that White national identity is consistently reshaped, rewritten and re-narrated by the very Other it endeavours to appropriate and efface.

Postcolonial OV discourseov Casablanca Conference

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