Marlowe's Empery: Expanding His Critical Contexts

Overview

This collection seeks to expand the critical perspectives of Marlowe scholarship by bringing together essays that examine diverse aspects of Marlowe's artistry, while simultaneously embedding his poems and plays within their theatrical, cultural, and social milieux. The essays in the first section of the collection adopt theater history and performance theory to position Marlowe's plays within the theatrical context of both his day and our own. Although numerous admirable studies have probed every facet of ...
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Overview

This collection seeks to expand the critical perspectives of Marlowe scholarship by bringing together essays that examine diverse aspects of Marlowe's artistry, while simultaneously embedding his poems and plays within their theatrical, cultural, and social milieux. The essays in the first section of the collection adopt theater history and performance theory to position Marlowe's plays within the theatrical context of both his day and our own. Although numerous admirable studies have probed every facet of performance in Shakespeare's plays, the theatricality of Marlowe's plays, as well as their influence on the development of the English drama, has been largely ignored. The second section of this collection shifts from the theatrical to the cultural sphere of Marlowe's poems and plays. Few scholars would deny that Marlowe was a creator and subverter of genre par excellence, but, particularly in the past decade, very little scholarship has addressed this aspect of his genius. The essays in the third section of this collection place Marlowe's plays within their social and historical context. However, although employing a critical methodology that has become increasingly popular during the past decade, the essays in this section also seek to discover new relationships between Marlowe's plays and their social environment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874137873
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Pages: 216

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction: Marlowe's Empery: Expanding His Critical Contexts 13
Marlowe Reruns: Repertorial Commerce and Marlowe's Plays in Revival 25
Staging the A-and B-Texts of Doctor Faustus 43
Tamburlaine the Great in Performance 61
Marlowe's Hero and Leander Shows Shakespeare, in Venus and Adonis, How to Write an Ovidian Verse Epyllion 85
Hysterics, High Camp, and Dido Queene of Carthage 95
Marlowe's Interrogative Drama: Dido, Tamburlaine, Doctor Faustus, and Edward II 107
"Forsake thy king and do but join with me": Marlowe and Treason 133
"I know she is a courtesan by her attire": Clothing and Identity in The Jew of Malta 150
Tampering with the Records: Engendering the Political Community and Marlowe's Appropriation of the Past in Edward II 164
Works Cited 188
Notes on Contributors 202
Index 205
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