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English Women Staging Islam, 1696-1707

Delarivier Manley and Mary Pix were among the groundbreaking “female wits,” who debuted their original plays for the public stage in 1695–96. 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 (1706–7) responds to the newly translated Arabian Nights Entertainments (1704–17), 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. This edition also includes appendices with excerpts from historical sources and a select bibliography.

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"This important edition of plays by Delarivier Manley and Mary Pix brings a welcome gendered perspective on the representations of Islam on the late 17th century English stage. Bernadette Andrea is the scholar who has worked most extensively on this subject. The general introduction showcases her expertise, and serves as an excellent overview and context for the plays presented here. The introductions to Manley and Pix and to the individual plays provide a helpful history of scholarship and criticism; the supplementary texts included in the appendixes are well chosen and help to contextualize the works."

-Mihoko Suzuki, University of Miami

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi
Note on the Text xii
Abbreviations xiv
General Introduction: Early Modern English Women Staging Islam, 1696–1707 1
Introduction: Delarivier Manley (c. 1670–1724) 17
The Royal Mischief (1696) 41
Appendix A: Travels of Sir John Chardin into Persia and the East Indies (1686) 133
Almyna: or, The Arabian Vow (1707) 139
Appendix B: Arabian Nights Entertainments (1713) 235
Introduction: Mary Pix (1666–1709) 255
Ibrahim, The Thirteenth Emperor of the Turks (1696) 269
Appendix C: The History of the Turkish Empire, from the Year 1623 to the Year 1677 (1687) 345
The Conquest of Spain (1705) 373
Appendix D: The Life of the Most Illustrious Monarch Almanzor (1693) 479
Select Bibliography 493
Index 501

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