Skip to main content
Open Access Publications from the University of California

UC Irvine

UC Irvine Electronic Theses and Dissertations bannerUC Irvine

The Hospitable Globe: Persia and the Early Modern English Stage


The Hospitable Globe examines how English representations of Persia present paradigms of interreligious and intercultural hospitality for early modern and Shakespearean drama. Rather than staging an antagonistic, non-Christian foe, English playwrights depict Persia and its legendary monarchs, such as Cyrus the Great, as alternative spaces and figures of cosmopolitanism in the period. By focusing on a group of Persian-themed plays staged between 1561-1696 in conversation with Shakespeare’s works, European peace proposals, and theories and practices of hospitality, this project reconstructs a more hospitable form of global relationships in the early modern period by contending that cross-cultural exchange, then and now, is not limited to models of conflict, contest, and domination.

Main Content
For improved accessibility of PDF content, download the file to your device.
Current View