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Christopher Marlowe

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Christopher Marlowe: A Literary Life situates the individual works of Marlowe within the context of his overall literary career. Areas covered include: Marlowe's preference for foreign settings and his unusually accurate depictions of them; the importance of his scholarly background; his consistent portrayal of family groups as fissured and troubled; the challenge that his works posed to contemporary orthodoxies about religion, sexuality, and government; and the long and sometimes spectacular afterlife of his ...

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Overview

Christopher Marlowe: A Literary Life situates the individual works of Marlowe within the context of his overall literary career. Areas covered include: Marlowe's preference for foreign settings and his unusually accurate depictions of them; the importance of his scholarly background; his consistent portrayal of family groups as fissured and troubled; the challenge that his works posed to contemporary orthodoxies about religion, sexuality, and government; and the long and sometimes spectacular afterlife of his works and of his literary reputation as a whole.

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'Hopkins's literary insights are confident, and invaluable...Marlowe emerges from this up-to-the-minute essay as a complex figure.' - Michael Caines, The Times Literary Supplement
Booknews
The works of Marlowe are used here to attempt to flesh out their author, about whom little is known. Hopkins (English, Sheffield U., England; she's published widely in the field) proceeds chronologically in her reading, tracing themes of English colonialism and Marlowe's "insistently skeptical views of familial and social structures" throughout his oeuvre, while recognizing concurrent themes such as geography, politics, religious faith, and a questioning of the norms of sexuality and government. She concludes with a chapter on Marlowe's reception and literary reputation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333698235
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/6/2001
  • Series: Literary Lives Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Hopkins is Senior Lecturer in English, Sheffield Hallam University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• 1580-1587: Canterbury and Cambridge
• 1587-1589: London and the World
• 1589-1592: Daring God out of Heaven
• 1592-1593: Tobacco and Boys
• A Great Reckoning: From 1593 to Immortality

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