This book challenges concepts of an ahistorically powerful England and shows both that the intermingling of Islamic and English Protestant identity was a recurring theme of the eighteenth century, and that this cultural mixing was a topic of debate and anxiety in the English cultural imagination. It charts the way representation of England and the Ottomans changed as England grew into an imperial power. By focusing on texts dealing with the Ottomans, the author argues that we can observe the turning point in public perceptions, the moments when English subjects began to believe British imperial power was a reality rather than an aspiration.
Emily M.N. Kugler, B.A. Scripps Women's College and Ph.D from University of California San Diego, is Assistant Professor of British Eighteenth-Century literature at Colby College. Through an interdisciplinary approach to Eighteenth-Century Studies, she focuses on the migration of cultural ideas across geographic, socio-economic, and temporal spaces. Her work draws on cultural histories of the Transatlantic, the Ottoman Empire, Central and Western Europe, as well as East Asia.
Table of contents
Introduction: The ‘Other’ England: Ottoman Influence on English Identity
1. Captivity Apostasy and Imperial Anxieties: English Fantasies and Fears of the Ottoman Influence
2. Arabic Castaways in the High and Low Churches: Debating English Protestantism in the Seventeenth-Century Ibn Tufayl Translations
3. The Ottoman Influence in
Robinson Crusoe: Failures of English Imperial Identity
4. Race and Romance: Othello, Oroonoko and the Decline of the Ottoman Influence
5. “I Am Not What I Am”: Reimagining Shakespeare‘s Moor of Venice
6. Oriental Princes and Noble Slaves: Romance Models of Race in
Conclusion: The Continued Anxieties of Empire: After the Ottoman Influence
All those interested in intellectual history, eighteenth-century studies, English interations with the Mediterranean, history of racial representations, Orientalism.