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The Cambridge Companion to Christopher Marlowe

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Overview

The Cambridge Companion to Christopher Marlowe provides a full introduction to one of the great pioneers of both the Elizabethan stage and modern English poetry. It recalls that Marlowe was an inventor of the English history play (Edward II) and of Ovidian narrative verse (Hero and Leander), as well as being author of such masterpieces of tragedy and lyric as Doctor Faustus and 'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love'. Seventeen leading scholars provide accessible and authoritative chapters, and the volume includes a chronology of Marlowe's life, a note on reference works, and a reading list for each chapter.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Cheney's impressive addition to the 'Cambridge Companions to Literature' series provides an accessible and up-to-date introduction to Marlowe's life and works, one that fully reflects the new developments in a field that has seen many changes and reassessments in recent years. Highly recommended." B.E. Brandt, South Dakota State University, CHOICE

"...trendy....contributions are very worthwhile and can be read with pleasure..."
—Clifford Davidson, Western Michigan University, Comparative Drama

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521527347
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Cheney is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Marlowe's Counterfeit Profession: Ovid, Spenser, Counter-Nationhood (1997) and Spenser's Famous Flight: A Renaissance Idea of a Literary Career (1993).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : Marlowe in the twenty-first century 1
2 Marlowe's life 24
3 Marlovian texts and authorship 41
4 Marlowe and style 55
5 Marlowe and the politics of religion 70
6 Marlowe and the English literary scene 90
7 Marlowe's poems and classicism 106
8 Tamburlaine the Great, Parts One and Two 127
9 The Jew of Malta 144
10 Edward II 158
11 Doctor Faustus 174
12 Dido, Queen of Carthage and the Massacre at Paris 193
13 Tragedy, patronage, and power 207
14 Geography and identity in Marlowe 231
15 Marlowe's men and women : gender and sexuality 245
16 Marlowe in theatre and film 262
17 Marlowe's reception and influence 282
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