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Three Turk Plays from Early Modern England : Selimus, Emperor of the Turks; A Christian Turned Turk; and The Renegado - Daniel Vitkus

Three Turk Plays from Early Modern England

Selimus, Emperor of the Turks; A Christian Turned Turk; and The Renegado

By: Daniel Vitkus (Editor)

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Published: 24th December 1999
For Ages: 22+ years old
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During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Ottoman empire posed a clear and present danger to Christian rule in Europe. While English commerce with the Mediterranean world expanded, Ottoman forces invaded Greece, Hungary, and Austria. At the same time, "Turkish" pirates and renegades from North Africa roamed the Atlantic and raided the coast of England. The threat was ideological as well: English sailors captured by Barbary pirates sometimes renounced their faith and converted to Islam.

Here, three important early modern "Turk" plays -- Robert Greene's "Selimus, Emperor of the Turks" (1594); Robert Daborne's "A Christian Turned Turk" (1612); and Philip Massinger's "The Renegado" (1623) -- are available for the first time. These texts represent Islamic power and wealth in scenes of piracy on the high seas, on-stage execution by strangulation, and rites of religious conversion. The plays are set in historical and cultural context by Daniel J. Vitkus's clear and thoughtful introduction. These carefully edited, annotated, modern-spelling editions are particularly valuable for understanding the cultural production of English identity in relation to the Islamic Other.

Vitkus has done the field of early modern studies considerable service in producing this edition of these plays. By presenting, in modern English and in an accessible format, three interesting plays together with supporting documents, he has made it much easier to introduce these texts, and the fascinating issues that they raise, into undergraduate teaching and research. "Vitkus has done the field of early modern studies considerable service in producing this edition of these plays. By presenting, in modern English and in an accessible format, three interesting plays together with supporting documents, he has made it much easier to introduce these texts, and the fascinating issues that they raise, into undergraduate teaching and research." -- Greg Bak, "Early Modern Literary Studies"

Introductionp. 1
Selimus, Emperor of the Turksp. 55
Notesp. 144
A Christian Turned Turkp. 149
Notesp. 232
The Renegadop. 241
Notesp. 340
Three Balladsp. 345
A Royal Proclamationp. 353
A Note on the Textsp. 357
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ISBN: 9780231110297
ISBN-10: 0231110294
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 24th December 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 14.48  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.52