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Engendering Faith: Sexual Defilement and Spiritual Redemption in <i>The Renegado</i>

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640843.003.0004
Engendering Faith: Sexual Defilement and Spiritual Redemption in The Renegado

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This chapter discusses in more detail the gendered implications of Islamic conversion. It considers the stakes of redemption, sexual seduction and redemption in Philip Massinger's The Renegado, and reads this play against Robert Daborne's A Christian Turned Turke. Here, it reveals a tension within The Renegado that involves embodied resistance and spiritual redemption that divides along the lines of gender. It shows that while the sexual transgression of the Christian protagonist with a Muslim woman is redeemable by spiritual repentance, the chastity of the Christian heroine is protected by a magical relic. This demonstrates the reversibility of male transgression and the permanent and embodied consequences of female sexual contamination.

Keywords: gendered implications; Islamic conversion; sexual transgression; reversibility; embodied consequences

Chapter.  11417 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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