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Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage$
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Jane Hwang Degenhardt

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640843

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640843.001.0001

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Turning Miscegenation into Tragicomedy (Or Not): Robert Greene’s Orlando Furioso

Turning Miscegenation into Tragicomedy (Or Not): Robert Greene’s Orlando Furioso

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(p.208) Epilogue Turning Miscegenation into Tragicomedy (Or Not): Robert Greene’s Orlando Furioso
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Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage
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Jane Hwang Degenhardt

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640843.003.0006

This chapter discusses genre as an alternative to assessing the racial and gendered stakes of Christian-Muslim conversion. It studies what happens when a romance plot is forced into a tragicomic structure and reveals the inability of the early modern stage to visualize Christian redemption for a female character after Islamic sexual contamination. The chapter also determines a slippage between embodiment and spirituality — or religious and racial identity — that is crucially mediated via the generic structures of plays.

Keywords:   genre, Christian-Muslim conversion, romance plot, tragicomic structure, Christian redemption, sexual contamination, generic structures, religious identity, racial identity

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