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Spectacles of strangeness : imperialism, alienation, and Marlowe

Autore: Emily Carroll Bartels
Editore: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1993.
Edizione/Formato:   eBook : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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Oriental barbarians, black magicians, homosexuals, African queens and kings, Machiavellian Christians, Turks, and Jews - for an English audience of the sixteenth century, these are marginal, unorthodox, and strange figures. They are also the central figures in the plays of Christopher Marlowe. In Spectacles of Strangeness, Emily C. Bartels focuses on Marlowe's preoccupation with "strangers" and "strange" lands, and  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: Electronic books
Informazioni aggiuntive sul formato: Print version:
Bartels, Emily Carroll.
Spectacles of strangeness.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c1993
(DLC) 92045865
(OCoLC)27266474
Persona incaricata: Christopher Marlowe; Christopher Marlowe
Tipo materiale: Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Internet Resource, Computer File
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Emily Carroll Bartels
ISBN: 0585126445 9780585126449
Numero OCLC: 44959946
Note di riproduzione: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Descrizione: 1 online resource (xvii, 221 p.)
Dettagli: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Responsabilità: Emily C. Bartels.

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Oriental barbarians, black magicians, homosexuals, African queens and kings, Machiavellian Christians, Turks, and Jews - for an English audience of the sixteenth century, these are marginal, unorthodox, and strange figures. They are also the central figures in the plays of Christopher Marlowe. In Spectacles of Strangeness, Emily C. Bartels focuses on Marlowe's preoccupation with "strangers" and "strange" lands, and his use - and subversion - of Elizabethan stereotypes. Setting Marlovian drama in the context of England's nascent imperialism, Bartels probes the significance of the alien as a vital presence on the Renaissance stage and within Renaissance society. Bartels further examines the reasons that Marlowe (himself a marginalized figure as playwright, and reputedly a homosexual, spy, and atheist) turned again and again to the subject. Bartels argues that what makes Marlowe's dramas so remarkable, important, and subversive is that he evokes these cultural stereotypes only to undermine them: to expose the circumscription of difference as a political strategy, designed to advance the self, state, and status quo over and against some "other." By interrogating Marlowe's works and their relation to England's imperialism, the author helps to explain why the "alien" was such a prominent figure in the Renaissance's theatrical and extra-theatrical discourses and how imperialism influenced the development of the early modern theater and the early modern state. Drawing on new historicist methodologies and recent assessments of colonialist discourse, Spectacles of Strangeness is a stimulating study of one of the most important figures in Renaissance literature and drama.

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