Recycled Models: Catholic Martyrdom and Embodied Resistance to Conversion in <i>The Virgin Martyr</i> and Other Red Bull Plays

Jane Hwang Degenhardt

in Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640843
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651597 | DOI:
Recycled Models: Catholic Martyrdom and Embodied Resistance to Conversion in The Virgin Martyr and Other Red Bull Plays

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This chapter studies several plays performed during the early 1600s, shortly after England had created a relevant trading presence in the eastern Mediterranean and ‘turning Turk’ had become a regular theme on the stage. The discussion first identifies the importance between the early Christian martyrdom and the strategies for resisting Islam, which is presented in Thomas Dekker's The Virgin Martyr. It then shows how the early modern stage called upon histories of previous pagan persecution to portray the threat of persecution from the Muslims. The chapter also takes a look at the plays' idealization of embodied chastity and how they model Christian resistance through preserved female virginity.

Keywords: turning Turk; Christian martyrdom; resisting Islam; The Virgin Martyr; pagan persecution; embodied chastity; Christian resistance; female virginity

Chapter.  17436 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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