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English Women Staging Islam, 1696-1707 Delarivier Manley

English Women Staging Islam, 1696-1707

Delarivier Manley

Published July 5th 2012
ISBN : 9780772721204
Hardcover
533 pages
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 About the Book 

Delarivier Manley and Mary Pix were among the groundbreaking “female wits” who debuted their original plays for the public stage in 1695–1696. Two of these plays contain explicitly Islamicate themes: Manley’s The Royal Mischief expands on The TravelsMoreDelarivier Manley and Mary Pix were among the groundbreaking “female wits” who debuted their original plays for the public stage in 1695–1696. Two of these plays contain explicitly Islamicate themes: Manley’s The Royal Mischief expands on The Travels of Sir John Chardin into Persia (1686) and Pix’s Ibrahim draws on Rycaut’s History of the Turkish Empire (1687). Continuing this interest, Manley’s Almyna (1706–1707) responds to the newly translated Arabian Nights Entertainments (1704-1717) and Pix’s The Conquest of Spain (1705) engages the history of Islamic Spain recounted in The Life of the Most Illustrious Monarch Almanzor (1693). These plays have been modernized and annotated in this edition, most for the first time. The edition also includes appendices with excerpts from historical sources and a select bibliography.