First published in 1996, this volume asked the question: who – and what – was Christopher Marlowe? Dramatist, poet, atheist and possible spy, he was a man in contrast with his time. The authors here gather to explore Marlowe on the four hundredth anniversary of his death. They include significant interdisciplinary elements and focus on dramaturgy, textual criticism and biography. It is hoped that the diversity of approaches can further debates on both Marlowe and Renaissance culture.
Table of Contents
1. ‘onelye a boye called Christopher Mowle’. Andrew Butcher. 2. ‘The Studious Artizan’: Christopher Marlowe, Canterbury and Cambridge. Peter Roberts. 3. ‘At Middleborough’: Some Reflections on Marlowe’s Visit to the Low Countries in 1592. Charles Nicholl. 4. Visible Bullets: Tamburlaine the Great and Ivan the Terrible. Richard Wilson. 5. Marlowe’s Massacre at Paris and the Reputation of Henri III of France. David Potter. 6. Marlowe’s Maps of War. Nick de Somogyi. 7. Marlowe and the New World. Thomas Cartelli. 8. The Stage, the Scaffold and the Spectators: the Struggle for Power in Marlowe’s Jew of Malta. Roger Sales. 9. Christopher Marlowe and Atheism. Nicholas Davidson. 10. Necromantic Books: Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus and Agrippa of Nettesheim. Gareth Roberts. 11. ‘What passions call you these?’: Edward II and James VI. Lawrence Normand. 12. Christopher Marlowe: Ideology and Subversion. Michael Hattaway. 13. ‘What meanes this shew?’: Theatricalism Camp and Subversion in Doctor Faustus and The Jew of Malta. Darryll Grantley. 14. Marlowe and the Internalization of Irony. Alexander Shurbanov.