Re-citing Marlowe: approaches to the drama
Re-citing the available information on Christopher Marlowe, which includes not only the words of his characters and his Elizabethan contemporaries but also those of generations of academic critics, this study seeks to illuminate the preoccupations and pitfalls of previous accounts of the dramatist's canon in an effort to discover, or to elaborate, new areas of investigation. Traditionally author-centered and historically based, Marlovian scholarship has remained relatively untouched by recent developments in critical theory. Re-citing Marlowe therefore attempts to turn the assumption of old to modern theoretical profit. Thus each chapter considers one of Marlowe's dramatic works in relation to a different critical approach, or issue suggested by scholarship's prior treatment of the play. The book consequently operates simultaneously on two levels: it is both a timely review of a canon which has suffered theoretical neglect and a blueprint for a more critically sophisticated approach to English literature.JACKET COPY:This ground-breaking study of the plays of Christopher Marlowe propels critical examination of this important body of work away from previous preoccupations with its author.In her introduction, Clare Harraway surveys recent Marlovian criticism and argues that it has suffered from its obsession with Marlowe the author. In its determination to establish biographical facts, such criticism closes off a whole variety of interpretations of the plays, dismissing them as inapplicable, ahistorical or simply wrong.Re-citing Marlowe draws on the critical apparatus of post-structuralist theory to open up avenues for these lost or hidden interpretations to emerge. Devoting a separate chapter to each of Marlowe's plays, Harraway gives us detailed self-contained analyses of each work, whilst simultaneously revealing a network of theoretical issues which circulate among the plays.
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