Aaron’s Roots: Spaniards, Englishmen, and Blackamoors in Titus Andronicus

Noémie Ndiaye


Focusing on the play’s genealogy and various allusions to the black legend, this article recovers the long-neglected Spanish dimension of Gothic identity in Titus Andron­icus and reconsiders the racial discourse of the play in the light of this information. Within an analogical setup associating Goths with Spaniards and Romans with Eng­lishmen, the play attempts intellectual emancipation: it attempts to think through the topical question of the black African presence in 1590s England on English terms — outside of the Iberian conceptual frameworks with which black Africans had long been associated.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.12745/et.19.2.2847

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