This course attempts to study Marlowe's works in the context of his times. Much recent scholarship has elucidated Marlowe's role as secret service agent, and it is part of our aim to follow the story of his life in order to understand the intertextualities between his life and works. The dynamic relationship between Marlowe and his contemporaries, particularly Shakespeare, Lyly, Kyd and Jonson, will be examined through a critical reading of the works.
class attendance / oral presentations / short quizzes / watching assigned films / term paper
Honan, Park. Christopher Marlowe: Poet and Spy. Oxford: OUP, 2005; pprbk. 2007. Marlowe, Christopher. The Complete Works. 5 vols. Ed. Roma Gill. Oxford:OUP, 1987-2000. ___. Doctor Faustus A-and B-texts. Eds. David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1003; rpt. 1995. Handouts to be distributed in class. Other texts to be introduced in class.
McMillin, Scott and Sally-Beth MacLean. The Queen's Men and their Plays. Cambridge: CUP, 1998. Other texts to be introduced in class.
Active participation in class. Preparation for presentations. Preliminary reading. The class will be conducted in English.
1. Marlowe's Early Life 2. The Beginnings of a Creative Career Marlowe's Ovid and Dido and Aeneas
3. Espionage Marlowe and Walsingham
4. The Tamburlaine plays 5. Doctor Faustus The A-text and B-text
6. The Jew of Malta 7. The Massascre at Paris 8. Edward II
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