Western Europe

Studies in a Literary Genre: The “Turk Play” in Early Modern England

Through lecture, small-group activities, in-class discussion, and web-delivered content and assessment, and by using the semantic/syntactic approach to genre, introduced by Rick Altman, as its guiding theory, this course will examine the substitutions and syntax of early modern “Turk” plays and the evolution of tropes—that alternatingly value alterity and perpetuate bias—in representations of the Middle East in Early Modern England. 


By Kyle DiRoberto, PhD