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Three Turk Plays from Early Modern England
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1. Selimus, Emperor of the Turks Notes 2. A Christian Turned Turk Notes 3. The Renegado Notes

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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.

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Daniel Vitkus equips us with an extremely informative introduction as well as fresh, reader-friendly editions of three plays about that great early modern English 'other,'the Turk, and about Islam's enigmatic ally, the renegade or convert. Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century imaginings of Islamic culture (from Barbary pirates to Ottoman despots, from circumcision to the seraglio) feature prominently in well over a dozen Elizabethan and Jacobean plays, so it is high time that we had easy access to three prime examples. -- Theodore Leinwand, Department of English, University of Maryland

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Daniel J. Vitkus is assistant professor of English at Florida Institute of Technology. From 1991 to 1997 he was assistant professor of English at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

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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"

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