Islamic conversion and Christian resistance on the early modern stage

Degenhardt, Jane Hwang

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  • Creator Jane Hwang Degenhardt
  • Format Books
  • Publication Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2010.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (viii, 264 pages) : illustrations, maps
  • ISBNs 9781474402378, 1474402372, 9780748643202, 0748643206, 9780748640843, 0748640843
  • OCLC ocn697528356


  • This book explores the threat of Christian conversion to Islam in twelve early modern English plays. In works by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Massinger, and others, conversion from Christianity to Islam is represented as both tragic and erotic, as a fate worse than death and as a sexual seduction.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-258) and index.


  • Cover -- Copyright -- Acknowledgments -- Figures -- Introduction Seduction, Resistance, and Redemption: 8220;Turning Turk8221; and the Embodiment of Christian Faith -- Chapter 1 Dangerous Fellowship: Universal Faith and its Bodily Limits in The Comedy of Errors and Othello -- Chapter 2 Recycled Models: Catholic Martyrdom and Embodied Resistance to Conversion in The Virgin Martyr and Other Red Bull Plays -- Chapter 3 Engendering Faith: Sexual Defilement and Spiritual Redemption in The Renegado -- Chapter 4 8220;Reforming8221; the Knights of Malta: Male Chastity and Temperance in Five Early Modern Plays -- Epilogue Turning Miscegenation into Tragicomedy (Or Not): Robert Greenes Orlando Furioso -- Notes -- Index