Representation of the East in Commercial Theatres and University Drama in the Early Modern Period (edited collection)

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Medieval and Early Modern Orients
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Representation of the East in Commercial Theatres and University Drama in the Early Modern Period (edited collection)


Contact email:

Call for Chapters: Edited Collection 

Thank you very much for the great interest shown to our edited collection. The majority of submissions have been to the Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration periods respectively. Apart from possible further submissions on key plays on which we have not yet received proposals, we especially need chapters on Caroline drama.

 Please consider submitting proposals on the following suggested plays (especially on the bold ones): 

  • Wilson’s The Three Ladies of London (c. 1581)
  • Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy (1587)
  • Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great (Part 1 and Part 2) (1587)
  • Greene's Alphonso, King of Aragon (1588)
  • Peele’s Turkish Mahomet and Hyren the Faire Greek (1588)
  • Greene’s Selimus (1594)
  • Heywood’s The Famous History of the Life and Death of Thomas Stukely (1596)
  • Greville’s Alaham (c. 1598)
  • Greville’s Mustapha (1606)
  • Dabonre’s A Christian Turned Turk (1618)
  • Goffe’s The Raging Turk (1618)
  • Heywood’s The Fair Maid of the West (1631)
  • Fletcher’s The Island Princess (perf. 1621, publ. 1647)
  • Boyle’s Mustapha (1668)

Again, the chapters of this volume will analyse how stage architecture, costumes, and effects of performance affect the conceptualisation of the East on the commercial outdoor and indoor stage and on the performance spaces in university plays. So the emphasis should be on the material side of dramatic performances where discursive discussions should be of secondary importance.

Already chosen chapters are on the following plays: 

  • Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta (1588)
  • Salterne’s Tomunbeius (1590)
  • Peele’s Battle of Alcazar (1591)
  • Kyd’s Soliman and Perseda (1592)
  • Greene’s The Historie of Orlando Furioso (1592)
  • Dekker’s Lust’s Dominion (1600)
  • Heywood’s The Four Prentices of London (1600)
  • Ben Jonson’s The Masque of Blackness (1605)
  • Goffe’s The Courageous Turk (1619)
  • Beaumont and Fletcher’s The Knight of Malta (1619)
  • Middleton and Rowley’s All’s Lost by Lust (1620)
  • Massinger’s Renegado (1623)
  • Davenant’s Siege of Rhodes (1663)
  • Dryden’s Mr. Limberham, or The Kind Keeper (1678)
  • Dryden’s Sir Martin Mar-All (1676)
  • Dryden’s Amboyna (1673) 

Please send a 300-word abstract (.doc or .docx file) and a short bio to both Murat Öğütcü (Munzur University) at and Aisha Hussain (University of Salford) at before the 15th of April 2021. Notification of acceptance will be sent to contributors no later than the 30th of April, and the deadline for full chapters (no longer than 7,000 words) will be the 15th of December 2021. 

We have already contacted two major academic publishers which have shown great interest in the volume.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries. We are looking forward to receiving your proposals. 

The Editors

Murat Öğütcü is Assistant Professor in the Department of Western Languages and Literatures at Munzur University, where he has been the head of the department from 2016 onwards. He received his PhD degree on Shakespeare’s history plays from the Department of English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University, Turkey, in 2016. From August 2012 to January 2013, he was a visiting scholar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has written book chapters and articles on his research interests that include early modern studies, Shakespeare, drama studies, cultural studies, adaptation studies, ecocriticism and early modern history. He is a researcher at Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMOs) and is interested in Anglo-Turkish social and political relationships, particularly from 1500 to 1660. Currently he is working on the representation of the Turk in neo-Latin academic drama and in lost commercial plays in early modern England. He tweets @MuratOgutcu1985

Aisha Hussain oversees the Events page at Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMOs). She is a PhD candidate at the University of Salford whose research interests include of Turkish Otherness, fictional terror, Anglo-Ottoman commerce, gender studies, Orientalism, and, in particular, crusading and anti-crusading discourses in early modern English drama. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama (University of Salford, 2017) and a Master of Arts in Renaissance English Literature (University of Leeds, 2018). Aisha was awarded the Pathways to Excellence Studentship by the University of Salford upon commencing her PhD studies in September 2018. Her current research investigates how the emergence of a more positive theatrical Turkish type in the works of Fulke Greville, Thomas Goffe and Roger Boyle reflects, in a shift from their contemporaries, what can be considered an anti-crusading discourse. She tweets @AishaHussain96. She can be reached at