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The Resource Spectacles of Strangeness: Imperialism, Alienation, and Marlowe, (electronic book)

Spectacles of Strangeness: Imperialism, Alienation, and Marlowe, (electronic book)

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Spectacles of Strangeness: Imperialism, Alienation, and Marlowe
Title
Spectacles of Strangeness: Imperialism, Alienation, and Marlowe
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Language
eng
Summary
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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EBZ
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Bartels, Emily Carroll
LC call number
PR2674
LC item number
.B37 1993
Nature of contents
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  • Marlowe, Christopher
  • Marlowe, Christopher
  • Political plays, English
  • Alienation (Social psychology) in literature
  • Drama
  • Imperialism in literature
  • Exoticism in literature
  • Aesthetics, British
  • Spectacular, The
Label
Spectacles of Strangeness: Imperialism, Alienation, and Marlowe, (electronic book)
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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ebs974744e
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unknown
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780812231939
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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(EBZ)ebs974744e
Label
Spectacles of Strangeness: Imperialism, Alienation, and Marlowe, (electronic book)
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebs974744e
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780812231939
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(EBZ)ebs974744e

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