Early Modern Literature in History

Turks, Repertories, and the Early Modern English Stage

Authors: Hutchings, Mark

  • - Suggests that the presence of the Ottoman Empire on the early modern English stage was due to the London repertory system, rather than cultural engagement between a Christian nation and Islamic 'other'
  • - Examines a variety of sources ranging from Henslowe's Diary to Shakespeare's plays
  • - Approaches the question of the 'Turk' as a playhouse construct, using playhouse records, playbills, and playscripts
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This book considers the relationship between the vogue for putting the Ottoman Empire on the English stage and the repertory system that underpinned London playmaking. The sheer visibility of 'the Turk' in plays staged between 1567 and 1642 has tended to be interpreted as registering English attitudes to Islam, as articulating popular perceptions of Anglo-Ottoman relations, and as part of a broader interest in the wider world brought home by travellers, writers, adventurers, merchants, and diplomats. Such reports furnished playwrights with raw material which, fashioned into drama, established ‘the Turk’ as a fixture in the playhouse. But it was the demand for plays to replenish company repertories to attract London audiences that underpinned playmaking in this period. Thus this remarkable fascination for the Ottoman Empire is best understood as a product of theatre economics and the repertory system, rather than taken directly as a measure of cultural and historical engagement.

About the authors

Mark Hutchings is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Reading, UK, where he specialises in early modern theatre history and performance. He has published widely on Thomas Middleton, including as editor of a forthcoming collection of essays on The Changeling, and he is currently collaborating on a project on Anglo-Spanish diplomacy.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Turks, Repertories, and the Early Modern English Stage
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern Literature in History
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46263-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-46263-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46262-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 254
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