Shakespeare's Marlowe: The Influence of Christopher Marlowe on Shakespeare's Artistry

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Apr 28, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 260 pages
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Moving beyond traditional studies of sources and influence, Shakespeare's Marlowe analyzes the uncommonly powerful aesthetic bond between Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. Not only does this study take into account recent ideas about intertextuality, but it also shows how the process of tracking Marlowe's influence itself prompts questions and reflections that illuminate the dramatists' connections. Further, after questioning the commonly held view of Marlowe and Shakespeare as rivals, the individual chapters suggest new possible interrelationships in the formation of Shakespeare's works. Such examination of Shakespeare's Marlovian inheritance enhances our understanding of the dramaturgical strategies of each writer and illuminates the importance of such strategies as shaping forces on their works. Robert Logan here makes plain how Shakespeare incorporated into his own work the dramaturgical and literary devices that resulted in Marlowe's artistic and commercial success. Logan shows how Shakespeare's examination of the mechanics of his fellow dramatist's artistry led him to absorb and develop three especially powerful influences: Marlowe's remarkable verbal dexterity, his imaginative flexibility in reconfiguring standard notions of dramatic genres, and his astute use of ambivalence and ambiguity. This study therefore argues that Marlowe and Shakespeare regarded one another not chiefly as writers with great themes, but as practicing dramatists and poets-which is where, Logan contends, the influence begins and ends.
 

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Contents

Influence and Characterization in The Massacre
31
Artistic Individuality and
55
Edward II Richard II the Will to Play and an Aesthetic of Ambiguity
83
The Influence of The Jew
117
Marlowes Tamburlaine Plays Shakespeares Henry V and
143
Dido Queen of Carthage as a Precursor
169
Imprints of Doctor Faustus on Macbeth
197
Marlovian Incentives
231
ndex
247
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Robert Logan is Professor of English and Chair, University of Hartford. He is co-editor of Marlowe's Empery (2002), Placing the Plays of Christopher Marlowe (2008) and author of Shakespeare's Marlowe, winner of the 2009 Roma Gill Prize for best new work in Marlowe studies.

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