Though it may seem to be a recent phenomenon, scholarly interest in Islam and early modern English drama goes back almost a hundred years. This introduction surveys the criticism of early modern English plays with Islamic themes or elements, assessing the influence of pioneers such as Samuel C. Chew, the reaction to Edward W. Said’s 'Orientalist thesis', and the questions that currently engage a growing number of scholars in the field, including the four authors whose essays constitute this edition of 'Issues in Review'.
Linda McJannet, Professor of English at Bentley University, was educated at Wellesley College and Harvard University. She is the author of The Sultan Speaks: Dialogue in English Plays and Histories about the Ottoman Turks (Palgrave, 2006), which is scheduled to be published in Turkish by the group Dogan ve Egmont Yayincilik Ve Yapimcilik Ticaret, A.S. Her essays on the Ottomans in early modern literature include '"History written by the enemy": Eastern Sources about the Ottomans on the Continent and in England' (English Literary Renaissance 12 [Autumn 2006]), '"Bringing in a Persian"' (Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 12 ), and 'Mapping the Ottomans on the Renaissance Stage' (The Journal of Theatre and Drama 2 ). She is also the author of The Voice of Elizabethan Stage Directions: The Evolution of a Theatrical Code (Delaware, 1999).
'Islam and English Drama: A Critical History'.
12.2 (2009): 183-93 (paper). Article 9.
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