The Image of Egypt in a Selection of Elizabethan & Jacobean Plays


  • Mohammad Salem AlMostafa Al al-Bayt University
  • Ahmad M. S. Abu Baker Al al-Bayt University



Literature, Post-Colonialism, Orientalism, Xenophobia, Egypt, Identity, Stereotypes.


This study communicates the question of representational Egypt(ians) through textual analysis and close reading of Elizabethan and Jacobean selected plays, whose main concern is Egypt and Egyptians: Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (All Is True)Henry VIII, and Cymbeline, Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta, Jonson’s The Alchemist, Beaumont and Fletcher’s The False One, Daniel’s The Tragedie of Cleopatra, Chapman’s The Blind Beggar of Alexandria, and Webster’s The White Devil. It examines the process of labelling, the concomitant negative stereotyping of land and human, and its effect upon characters’ lives and future prospects as a result of the dramatists’ response to contemporary colonialist discourse that exaggerated the signs of cultural and epistemological difference.

Author Biographies

Mohammad Salem AlMostafa, Al al-Bayt University

Assistant Professor of English Literature at Al al-Bayt University, Jordan. Doctorate in English Literature & Criticism (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA) in 2012. Seven published articles on Shakespeare’s King Henry V, John Keats & Malik Ibn Ar.Rayb, Feminist Politics of Location, Kazu Ishiguro, Al-Guindi and Shamieh & Yousif Zeidan. Research interests: Postcolonial/Feminist theory, Renaissance drama, English/Arabic poetry, & Arab American literature.

Ahmad M. S. Abu Baker, Al al-Bayt University

Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature at Al al-Bayt University, Jordan. Doctorate of English & Comparative Literature from Murdoch University/Western Australia in 2002. 21 published articles on a variety of topics including: postcolonial theory, identity, War Poetry, translated novel. A Contributor of the four volume set The Dictionary of World Literary Characters.


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