Localizing Christopher Marlowe
Title Details

446 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

22 b/w and 4 line illus.

Series: Studies in Renaissance Literature

Series Vol. Number: 42

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Localizing Christopher Marlowe

His Life, Plays and Mythology, 1575-1593

by Arata Ide

  • Description
  • Contents
  • Author
  • BLOG POST
This study punctures the stereotyped portrayals of Marlowe, first created by his rival Robert Greene, and, yet, which still colour our view. In doing so, Ide reveals the social and cultural discourses out of which such myths emerged.

We know next to nothing about the life of the playwright Christopher Marlowe (b.1564 - d. 1593). Few documents survive other than his birth record in the parish register, a handful of legal cases in court records, Privy Council mandates and reports to the Council, the coroner's examination of his death, and a few hearsay accounts of his atheism. With such a limited collection of biographical documents available, it is impossible to retrieve from history a complete sense of Marlowe. However, this does not mean that biography cannot play a significant role in Marlowe studies.

By observing the details of the specific places and communities to which Marlowe belonged, this book highlights the collective experiences and concerns of the social groups and communities with which we know he was personally and financially involved. Specifically, Localizing Christopher Marlowe reveals the political and cultural dynamics in the community of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, into which Marlowe was deeply integrated and through which he became affiliated with the circle of Sir Francis Walsingham, mapping these influences in both his life and works.
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Timeline
Note for the Reader

Introduction

Part I: Life
1. Matthew Parker and the Norwich-Corpus Connection
2. Marlowe in the Community of Canterbury Scholars
3. The Origin of the Rumour against Marlowe
4. Marlowe and the Privy Council

Part II: Plays
5. Dido, Elizabeth I, and the University Playwrights

6. Tamburlaine's Prophetic Oratory and the English Holy War
7. The Jew of Malta and the Diabolic Power of Theatrics
8. Ramism, Thomas Nashe, and the 'New Sects of Singularitie'

Part III: Myths
9. Robert Greene on Marlowe's Atheism
10. The Genesis of the Marlowe Myth
Conclusion
Appendix 1: Transcript of the plan in Norfolk Record Office, NRS 23372, Z99
Appendix 2: Transcript of the plan in Corpus Christi College Archives, CCCC08/28
Appendix 3: Transcript and translation of the John Marley vs Nevell Hayes case
Appendix 4: List of Foundation Scholars of Corpus Christi College, 1573-87
Bibliography
Index

Arata Ide is Professor in Renaissance/Early Modern Literature at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.

Hardcover

9781843846932

December 2023

Buy

£85.00 / $125.00

Shipping Options

Buy Ships within 2 business days

Buy

Purchasing options are not available in this country.

Ebook (EPDF)

9781805431411

December 2023

Buy

£24.99 / $29.95

Ebook (EPUB)

9781805431428

December 2023

Buy

£24.99 / $29.95

Title Details

446 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

22 b/w and 4 line illus.

Series: Studies in Renaissance Literature

Series Vol. Number: 42

Imprint: D.S.Brewer