Roxolana in European Literature and Culture

Galina Yermolenko

TRANSLATED BY: Ferit Burak Aydar
Defne Karakaya
Suna Kılıç
Saliha Nilüfer


Literary Criticism
PAGES: 427
SIZE: 15 x 21 cm.
EDITION: 1st print, January 2013
HARDCOVER ISBN: 9786055250065

This title is the Turkish translation of Roxolana in European Literature and Culture published by Ashgate. From the back cover of the English original:

“This collection is the first book-length scholarly study of the pervasiveness and significance of Roxolana in the European imagination. Roxolana, or “Hurrem Sultan,” was a sixteenth-century Ukrainian woman who made an unprecedented career from harem slave and concubine to legal wife and advisor of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566). Her influence on Ottoman affairs generated legends in many a European country. The essays gathered here represent an interdisciplinary survey of her legacy; the contributors view Roxolana as a transnational figure that reflected the shifting European attitudes towards “the Other,” and they investigate her image in a wide variety of sources, ranging from early modern historical chronicles, dramas and travel writings, to twentieth-century historical novels and plays. Also included are six European source texts featuring Roxolana, here translated into modern English for the first time.

Importantly, this collection examines Roxolana from both Western and Eastern European perspectives; source material is taken from England, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Poland, and Ukraine. The volume is an important contribution to the study of early modern transnationalism, cross-cultural exchange, and notions of identity, the Self, and the Other.”


List of Illustrations

Notes on Contributors


Note on Texts, Transliterations, and Spellings Introduction / Galina Yermolenko


Roxolana in Europe / Galina Yermolenko

East versus West: Seraglio Queens, Politics, and Sexuality in Thomas Heywood's Fair Maid of the West, Parts I and II / Claire Jowitt

The Tragedy of Roxolana in the Court of Charles II / Judy A. Hayden

Roxolana in German Baroque and Enlightenment Dramas / Beate Allert

How a Turkish Empress Became a Champion of Ukraine / Oleksander Halenko

Roxolana's Memoirs as a Garden of Intertextual Delight / Marina Romanets

Roxolana in Turkish Literature: Re-Writing the Ever Elusive Woman of Power and Desire / Özlem Öğüt Yazıcıoğlu



Gonzalo de Illescas, The Second Part of the Pontifical and Catholic History (1606) / Önsöz: Ana Pinto

Lope de Vega, The Holy League (1603) / Önsöz: Ana Pinto

Prospero della Rovere Bonarelli, Soliman (1620) / Önsöz: Galina Yermolenko

Galina Yermolenko, Translation from Italian by Virginia Picchietti Jean Desmares, Roxelana (1643) / Foreword by : Galina Yermolenko Translation from French by Andrzej Dziedzic

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Giangir, or the Rejected Throne (1748)/ Foreword and Translation from German by Beate Allert

Denys Sichynsky, Roksoliana; Historical Opera in Three Acts with a Prologue (1911)/ Foreword and Translation from Ukrainian by : Galina Yermolenko

Appendix 1: Plot Summaries

Appendix 2: Names

Appendix 3: Chronology




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