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Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage
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Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage

Jane Hwang Degenhardt

Abstract

This book explores the theme of Christian conversion to Islam in twelve early-modern English plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Massinger and others. In these works, conversion from Christianity to Islam is represented as both erotic and tragic: as a sexual seduction and a fate worse than death. The book examines the theatre's treatment of the intercourse between the Christian and Islamic faiths to reveal connections between sexuality, race and confessional identity in early modern English drama and culture. In addition, it shows how England's encounter with Islam reanimated post-Reformation debat ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Marlowe, Massinger, confessional identity, post-Reformation, Pauline universalism, Christian martyrdom, relics, rituals, Knights of Malta

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748640843
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640843.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Hwang Degenhardt, author