Roxolana in European Literature, History and Culture

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Dr Galina I Yermolenko
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Apr 28, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 334 pages
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The essays gathered here examine the legacy of Roxolana, a sixteenth-century Ukrainian woman who, from harem slave, became legal wife and advisor of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The collection views Roxolana from Western and Eastern European perspectives, as source material is taken from England, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Poland, and Ukraine. Also included are six European source texts, here translated into modern English for the first time.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Critical Essays
21
Roxolana in Europe
23
East versus West Seraglio Queens Politics and Sexuality in Thomas Heywoods Fair Maid of the West Parts I and II
57
The Tragedy of Roxolana in the Court of Charles II
71
Roxolana in German Baroque and Enlightenment Dramas
89
How a Turkish Empress Became a Champion of Ukraine
109
Roxolanas Memoirs as a Garden of Intertextual Delight
125
Translations
165
Gonzalo de Illescas The Second Part of the Pontifical and Catholic History 1606
167
Lope de Vega The Holy League 1603
173
Prospero della Rovere Bonarelli Soliman 1620
197
Jean Desmares Roxelana 1643
219
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Giangir or the Rejected Throne 1748
239
Denys Sichynsky Roksoliana Historical Opera in Three Acts with a Prologue 1911
243
Copyright

Roxolana in Turkish Literature ReWriting the Ever Elusive Woman of Power and Desire
141

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About the author (2013)

Galina Yermolenko is Associate Professor of English at DeSales University. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Marquette University, and a Ph.D. in Germanic Philology from Simferopol State University, Ukraine.

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