Turning Turk: English Theater and the Multicultural Mediterranean

Turning Turk: English Theater and the Multicultural Mediterranean

by D. Vitkus

Paperback(2003)

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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: 9780230602397
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 07/14/2008
Series: Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500-1700
Edition description: 2003
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

DANIEL VITKUS is Assistant Professor of English at Florida State University. He has published articles on English Renaissance drama and culture, on European representations of Islam, and on cross-cultural encounters in the early modern period. He is also the editor of Three Turk Plays from Early Modern England and Piracy, Slavery and Redemption: Barbary Captivity Narratives from Early Modern England.

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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