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This collection of essays on Christopher Marlowe attempts to place the writer and dramatist in the context of the cultural history of his period, with particular reference to its dynamics of social change, aspiration, exploration, conflict and discordance. As such, what characterises this selection from contributions to the conference held in 1993 at the University of Kent at Canterbury, is its interdisciplinarity. Several of the essays exemplify the variety of approaches which may be taken to the writing of cultural and intellectual history. While fresh perspectives are offered by presenting new documentary and textual evidence, and through the re-reading of Marlowe's work in the context of the Elizabethan literary Renaissance, room is made in the selection for different interpretations to stimulate debate. - - The volume begins with discussions of Marlowe?s childhood and youth, which address the subjects of the formative influence of family and community, his early experience of academic drama, and the activities of the playing companies within the circumscribed world of Elizabethan Canterbury and Cambridge. Questions of selfhood and social identity, the issue of the authenticity of the putative Marlowe portrait, tropes and irony and theatricalism in his subversive aesthetic, are interrelated themes which are explored in documentary, artistic and literary sources to illuminate his uniqueness. - - Several essays uncover strains of resistance and dissidence in Marlowe's work. The incidence of atheism, magic and homosexuality in his plays and poetry is a central theme, as well as his familiarity with more legitimate forms of knowledge and speculation produced by the expansion of trade and global exploration. Five of the fourteen essays trace Marlowe's engagement, in person or imaginatively, with other lands and cultures: Scotland, the Low Countries, France, Russia and North America. - - No future biographical or literary work on Marlowe can afford to neglect this important contribution to Elizabethan cultural studies.

Christopher Marlowe and English Renaissance culture - Darryll Grantley

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Title
Christopher Marlowe and English Renaissance culture
Author
Darryll Grantley
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Ashgate
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19990428

This collection of essays on Christopher Marlowe attempts to place the writer and dramatist in the context of the cultural history of his period, with particular reference to its dynamics of social change, aspiration, exploration, conflict and discordance. As such, what characterises this selection from contributions to the conference held in 1993 at the University of Kent at Canterbury, is its interdisciplinarity. Several of the essays exemplify the variety of approaches which may be taken to the writing of cultural and intellectual history. While fresh perspectives are offered by presenting new documentary and textual evidence, and through the re-reading of Marlowe's work in the context of the Elizabethan literary Renaissance, room is made in the selection for different interpretations to stimulate debate. - - The volume begins with discussions of Marlowe?s childhood and youth, which address the subjects of the formative influence of family and community, his early experience of academic drama, and the activities of the playing companies within the circumscribed world of Elizabethan Canterbury and Cambridge. Questions of selfhood and social identity, the issue of the authenticity of the putative Marlowe portrait, tropes and irony and theatricalism in his subversive aesthetic, are interrelated themes which are explored in documentary, artistic and literary sources to illuminate his uniqueness. - - Several essays uncover strains of resistance and dissidence in Marlowe's work. The incidence of atheism, magic and homosexuality in his plays and poetry is a central theme, as well as his familiarity with more legitimate forms of knowledge and speculation produced by the expansion of trade and global exploration. Five of the fourteen essays trace Marlowe's engagement, in person or imaginatively, with other lands and cultures: Scotland, the Low Countries, France, Russia and North America. - - No future biographical or literary work on Marlowe can afford to neglect this important contribution to Elizabethan cultural studies.

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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Dramatists, English - Early modern, 1500-1700.|English drama - 17th century - History and criticism.|England - Civilization - 17th century.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
294

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