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Marlowe and the Popular Tradition: Innovation in the English Drama Before 1595 Ruth Lunney

Marlowe and the Popular Tradition: Innovation in the English Drama Before 1595

Ruth Lunney

Published July 5th 2002
ISBN : 9780719061189
Hardcover
246 pages
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Rejecting the traditional stereotypes of Marlowe (spy, troublemaker, homosexual, atheist, university wit) this study considers him as a popular dramatist who inherited an audience with certain expectations and shared experiences. It explores hisMoreRejecting the traditional stereotypes of Marlowe (spy, troublemaker, homosexual, atheist, university wit) this study considers him as a popular dramatist who inherited an audience with certain expectations and shared experiences. It explores his engagement with the traditions of the popular stage in the 1580s and early 1590s and offers a new approach to his major plays in terms of staging and audience response. This account of English drama in these important but largely neglected years challenges the narratives of change in late 16th century. It Discusses Marlowes plays in relation to some 30 other playtexts, earlier and contemporary, including Shakespeares early plays. Marlowe emerges not so much as a precursor of Shakespeare but as an innovator and catalyst of change, the playwright who exploited and transformed the traditional materials of popular drama.