Constructing Christopher Marlowe

Constructing Christopher Marlowe

by J. A. Downie, J. T. Parnell
     
 
This collection of essays challenges preconceptions about Marlowe by tackling major aspects of his dramaturgy, his use of magic, the homoeroticism of the plays, his female characters, twentieth-century performances of his plays, and the radical nature of his narrative poem Hero and Leander. Taking nothing on trust, the authors review what is known about Marlowe's life

Overview

This collection of essays challenges preconceptions about Marlowe by tackling major aspects of his dramaturgy, his use of magic, the homoeroticism of the plays, his female characters, twentieth-century performances of his plays, and the radical nature of his narrative poem Hero and Leander. Taking nothing on trust, the authors review what is known about Marlowe's life and plays, conditions in Elizabethan theater, and his reputation among his contemporaries and among late-twentieth-century critics. Together they contribute to the critical effort to construct a fuller understanding of the poet and playwright.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...superb anthology...The collection is lucid and well-written throughout...Highly recommended for any library supporting the study of Renaissance drama at the upper-division undrgraduate level and above." Choice

"the collection engages with marlowe in creative, provocative, and unexpected ways." Marlowe Society of America, Prize Committee

"...a very carefully constructed collection..a beautifully written and often lively resource." Modern Philology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521030519
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

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