Sex, Gender, and Desire in the Plays of Christopher Marlowe

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This important critique examines sex, gender, and sexuality as these phenomena were interpreted by Marlowe in four of his plays: Dido, Queene of Carthage; Tamburlaine I and II (treated as a single two-part drama); Edward II; and Doctor Faustus. Some facets of these plays explored in this study include the asymmetry of gender; the representation of gender as natural and universal or as discursively constructed; the reinforcement or subversion of traditional gender traits, gender principles, and gender structures; ...
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Overview

This important critique examines sex, gender, and sexuality as these phenomena were interpreted by Marlowe in four of his plays: Dido, Queene of Carthage; Tamburlaine I and II (treated as a single two-part drama); Edward II; and Doctor Faustus. Some facets of these plays explored in this study include the asymmetry of gender; the representation of gender as natural and universal or as discursively constructed; the reinforcement or subversion of traditional gender traits, gender principles, and gender structures; and the relationship of sex, gender, and sexuality, terms too often conflated in postmodern and early modern parlance. Through the application of feminist methodologies, informed by both postmodern theory and early modern history, author Sara Munson Deats discovers some valuable new treasure troves hidden among the infinite riches of Marlowe's little dramatic rooms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874136135
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Pages: 296

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Prologue 13
Ch. 1 The Politics of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: A Contemporary Perspective 21
Ch. 2 The Politics of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: An Early Modern Perspective 49
Ch. 3 Errant Eros: Transgressions of Sex, Gender, and Desire in Dido, Queene of Carthage 89
Ch. 4 The Mirror of Venus and the Dart of Mars: The Construction of Gender in Tamburlaine, Parts I and II 125
Ch. 5 Masquerade or Metamorphosis: The Performance of Gender in Edward II 162
Ch. 6 The Rejection of the Feminine in Doctor Faustus 202
Epilogue 225
Notes 227
Works Cited 262
Index 285
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