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Introduction: Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare: Methodological Investigations

J. B. Lethbridge

in Shakespeare and Spenser: Attractive Opposites

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719079627
eISBN:
9781781701058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719079627.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This introductory chapter discusses the influence Edmund Spenser had on William Shakespeare, showing how Shakespeare read Spenser and addressing the question of the relations between the them. It ... More


Marlowe our Contemporary

Howard Felperin

in The Uses of the Canon: Elizabethan Literature and Contemporary Theory

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122654
eISBN:
9780191671517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122654.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines an essay by Stephen Greenblatt entitled ‘Marlowe and the Will to Absolute Play’, a strong reading of Christopher Marlowe's plays ... More


Raising the Devil: Marlowe’s Dr Faustus

A. D. Nuttall

in The Alternative Trinity: Gnostic Heresy in Marlowe, Milton, and Blake

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184621
eISBN:
9780191674327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184621.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Drama

This chapter looks at a strange tragedy by the Elizabethan Christopher Marlowe. Marlowe's Dr Faustus — the story of the magician who sold his soul to the Devil for knowledge and power — looks at ... More


‘Sound this Angrie Message in Thine Eares’: Sympathy and the Translations of the Aeneid in Marlowe’s Dido Queene of Carthage

Sheldon Brammall

in The English Aeneid: Translations of Virgil 1555-1646

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780748699087
eISBN:
9781474412384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699087.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that Marlowe’s Dido Queene of Carthage engages with both the English tradition of Virgil translation and the Renaissance commentaries on the Aeneid. Instead of looking at the ... More


Playing with Things: Reification in Marlowe’s Hero and Leander

Rachel Eisendrath

in Poetry in a World of Things: Aesthetics and Empiricism in Renaissance Ekphrasis

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226516585
eISBN:
9780226516752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226516752.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Marlowe’s 1593 Hero and Leander is often treated as “fetishistic” because of the way it combines an erotic story with a unique obsession with objects, an obsession most evident in the three ... More


‘An Universal Wolf’: Reification in Early and Late Modernity

Hugh Grady

in Shakespeare’s Universal Wolf: Studies in Early Modern Reification

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198130048
eISBN:
9780191671906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198130048.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

On the London stages of Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, a major theme emerged: exploration of the possibilities of a completely secular, ... More


The Common Stage

Neil Rhodes

in Common: The Development of Literary Culture in Sixteenth-Century England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198704102
eISBN:
9780191822568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198704102.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

The emergence of the public theatres in England during the last quarter of the sixteenth century reinvigorated the polemics against fiction which characterized the Reformation era. This chapter ... More


The Transvestite Stage: More on the Case of Christopher Marlowe

Jonathan Goldberg

in Sodometries: Renaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823232215
eISBN:
9780823241217
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823232215.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Transvestism, homosexuality, voyeurism, sadism: these would seem to be Gosson's charges as well. Had Marlowe's play not been written some dozen years after his tract, one might suppose Gosson had it ... More


Failures of Fortification and the Counting Houses of The Jew of Malta

Kathy Lavezzo

in The Accommodated Jew: English Antisemitism from Bede to Milton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501703157
eISBN:
9781501706158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501703157.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines Christopher Marlowe's early modern remapping of the Jew and urban space in The Jew of Malta, arguing that the 1952 play enacts a spatial contradiction. Even before the play ... More


Sanctified Monarchs: The Massacre at Paris, Edward III, When You See Me, You Know Me, and 1 and 2 If You Know Not Me

David Womersley

in Divinity and State

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199255641
eISBN:
9780191719615
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255641.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Bale's Kynge Johan had created two paradigmatic characters with which to express its religious and political concerns, both embodied successively in John himself: the sanctified monarch and the ... More


The Origins of the Stage Assassin II: 1587–1592

Martin Wiggins

in Journeymen in Murder: The Assassin in English Renaissance Drama

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112280
eISBN:
9780191670749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112280.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

From the first two-thirds of Elizabeth's reign, Cambises and Fedele and Fortunio are the only surviving plays for the popular stage that include assassins. In the years after The Spanish Tragedy, ... More


Lucan and the ‘Caesarist’ Reader, ca.1590–1610

Edward Paleit

in War, Liberty, and Caesar: Responses to Lucan's Bellum Ciuile, ca. 1580 - 1650

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199602988
eISBN:
9780191744761
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602988.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, British and Irish History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter, ‘Lucan and the Caesarist Reader’, is the first of five chapters within Part Two, ‘Readings’. It examines English responses to Lucan from approximately the early 1590s to 1610, including ... More


Marlowe’s Theater of Night: and Capital

Richard Halpern

in Eclipse of Action: Tragedy and Political Economy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226433653
eISBN:
9780226433790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226433790.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Christopher Marlowe occupies a world in which theater first becomes a fully commercial enterprise. As an independent playwright, Marlowe produces works that cannot be artistically or financially ... More


Marlowe and the Ecology of Remembrance

Andrew Bozio

in Thinking Through Place on the Early Modern English Stage

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780198846567
eISBN:
9780191881763
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846567.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter argues that Marlowe’s earliest dramatic works—namely, Dido, Queen of Carthage and the first and second parts of Tamburlaine—share an investment in ecological memory, a form of ... More


In the Air

George Oppitz-Trotman

in Stages of Loss: The English Comedians and their Reception

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198858805
eISBN:
9780191890901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198858805.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Drama, Early and Medieval Literature

Few plays insist more adamantly upon a connection between travel and moral loss than The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. Here it is argued that the play written by Christopher Marlowe was ... More


Sea-Mark: The Metaphorical Voyage, Spenser to Milton

Philip Edwards

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235125
eISBN:
9781846317415
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317415
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This study explores the many different functions of the voyage metaphor in the work of major writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries — Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, William ... More


Dying Badly: Doctor Faustus and the Parodic Drama of Blasphemy

Maggie Vinter

in Last Acts: The Art of Dying on the Early Modern Stage

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780823284269
eISBN:
9780823286133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823284269.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter traces how arts of dying migrate from devotional texts into homiletic dramas and finally to the commercial playhouse between 1570 and 1590, around the same time that anti-theatrical ... More


Gentler Crafts

Simon Barker

in War and Nation in the Theatre of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748627653
eISBN:
9780748652228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627653.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter addresses Christopher Marlowe and examines a popular prose work, Thomas Deloney's anti-war narrative The Gentle Craft. Tamburlaine the Great sees Marlowe at the height of his powers, and ... More


Dying Politically: Edward II and the Ends of Dynastic Monarchy

Maggie Vinter

in Last Acts: The Art of Dying on the Early Modern Stage

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780823284269
eISBN:
9780823286133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823284269.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Most readers of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II locate the play’s radicalism in the sexualized challenge that Edward’s homoerotic relations with Gaveston and the Spensers pose to dynastic monarchy ... More


Satirizing Kyd’s Mediterranean: Marlowe’s

Laurence Publicover

in Dramatic Geography: Romance, Intertheatricality, and Cultural Encounter in Early Modern Mediterranean Drama

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198806813
eISBN:
9780191844362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198806813.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Noting that Christopher Marlowe shared a room with Thomas Kyd around the time The Jew of Malta was written and first performed, this chapter reads Marlowe’s play as an ironic response to Kyd’s. By ... More


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