Turning Miscegenation into Tragicomedy (Or Not): Robert Greene’s <i>Orlando Furioso</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:
Turning Miscegenation into Tragicomedy (Or Not): Robert Greene’s Orlando Furioso

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This chapter discusses genre as an alternative to assessing the racial and gendered stakes of Christian-Muslim conversion. It studies what happens when a romance plot is forced into a tragicomic structure and reveals the inability of the early modern stage to visualize Christian redemption for a female character after Islamic sexual contamination. The chapter also determines a slippage between embodiment and spirituality — or religious and racial identity — that is crucially mediated via the generic structures of plays.

Keywords: genre; Christian-Muslim conversion; romance plot; tragicomic structure; Christian redemption; sexual contamination; generic structures; religious identity; racial identity

Chapter.  5851 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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