The Jew of Malta A Critical Reader

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-30
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare

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In this up-to-date critical guide to Christopher Marlowe's absorbing and controversial play, The Jew of Malta, leading Marlowe scholars explore key questions surrounding the text. What are we to make of Barabas, the villainous Jew, who maintains his alienation in a degenerate Christian culture? Can the play be categorized as a darkly cynical tragedy or, conversely, a series of comic book exaggerations meant to be taken as satire; or is it a groundbreaking mix of several perspectives? Are such uncertainties a major reason why has the play has continued to hold so much interest for readers and audiences alike? Including wide-ranging coverage of racial, religious, political, and ethical matters, the contributors present the best in contemporary thinking on the play. The book also suggests new critical directions, addressing untapped issues of theater and performance history and gender issues such as Barabas as a stage image of the homosexual alienated in society. A comprehensive guide to resources includes information on pedagogy, critical, web-based and production-related resources, a survey of editions and an annotated bibliography.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

1. The Critical Backstory: Professor Bruce Brandt \ 2. The Performance History: Sara Munson Deats \ 3. The State of the Art: Current Critical Research: Andrew Duxfield \ 4 New Directions I: Roslyn Knutson \ 5. New Directions II: Ian McAdam \ 6. New Directions III: Kirk Melnikoff  \ 7. New Directions IV: David Bevington \ 8. A Survey of Resources: Sarah K. Scott \ References \ Index

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