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Turning Turk: English Theater and the Multicultural Mediterranean
     

Turning Turk: English Theater and the Multicultural Mediterranean

by D. Vitkus
 

ISBN-10: 0312294522

ISBN-13: 9780312294526

Pub. Date: 11/17/2003

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US

Turning Turk looks at contact between the English and other cultures in the early modern Mediterranean, and analyzes the representation of that experience on the London stage. Vitkus's book demonstrates that the English encounter with exotic alterity, and the theatrical representations inspired by that encounter, helped to form the emergent identity of an English

Overview

Turning Turk looks at contact between the English and other cultures in the early modern Mediterranean, and analyzes the representation of that experience on the London stage. Vitkus's book demonstrates that the English encounter with exotic alterity, and the theatrical representations inspired by that encounter, helped to form the emergent identity of an English nation that was eagerly fantasizing about having an empire, but was still in the preliminary phase of its colonizing drive. Vitkus' research shows how plays about the multi-cultural Mediterranean participated in this process of identity formation, and how anxieties about religious conversion, foreign trade and miscegenation were crucial factors in the formation of that identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312294526
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
11/17/2003
Series:
Early Modern Cultural Studies Series
Edition description:
2003
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Theorizing the Exotic Other The English and the Mediterranean Encountering Islam Machiavellian Merchants Engendering Exchange The Mediterranean and the New World

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