Blackening “the Turk” in Roger Ascham's <i>a Report of Germany</i>

Linda Bradley Salamon

in Rereading the Black Legend

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226307213
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307244 | DOI:
Blackening “the Turk” in Roger Ascham's a Report of Germany

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This chapter analyzes Roger Ascham's narration of Turkish conduct in his unfinished 1553 A Report of Germany. It comments on the tone and diction of Ascham in the Black Legend about racialized encounters in the New World and explains how displaced representation of violent hostility circulated. This chapter also compares Ascham's construction of Turks to Michel de Montaigne's famous second-hand report of Brazilians and to images of Central American indigenes in the less-well-known collection of Theodore de Bry.

Keywords: A Report of Germany; Turkish conduct; Roger Ascham; Black Legend; New World; Michel de Montaigne; Theodore de Bry; violent hostility

Chapter.  9783 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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