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Christopher Marlowe, Theatrical Commerce, and the Book Trade
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Presenting the first exploration of Christopher Marlowe's complex place in the canon, this collection reads Marlowe's work against an extensive backdrop of repertory, publication, transmission, and reception. Wide-ranging and thoughtful chapters consider Marlowe's deliberate engagements with the stage and print culture, the agents and methods involved in the transmission of his work, and his cultural reception in the light of repertory and print evidence. With contributions from major international scholars, the volume considers all of Marlowe's oeuvre, offering illuminating approaches to his extended animation in theatre and print, from the putative theatrical debut of Tamburlaine in 1587 to the most current editions of his work.


'The seventeen short chapters cut quickly to the chase, and Melnikoff and Knutson have deftly edited the whole into an unusually coherent collection. Their book will encourage readers to think again about the models of literary influence which so dominate Marlowe studies, but which often operate through cloudy reference to mighty lines and overreaching heroes.'

Adam Smyth Source: The Times Literary Supplement

'This voluminous collection of seventeen essays represents some of the latest and most authoritative voices in Marlowe studies. For the first time, Marlovian scholars collectively put Marlowe in the context of both early modern print culture and theatre history, initiating a new conversation that departs from traditional focuses on textual flaws, authorship, and Marlowe’s role as a Shakespearean foil.'

Yi Zhu Source: Renaissance and Reformation

‘… this collection shows that the most exciting work in Marlowe studies is taking place in textual and theatre studies. When the two are put together, as in this volume, the intersection is endlessly illuminating.’

Laurie Maguire Source: Early Theatre Review

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