Marlowe's Literary Scepticism Politic Religion and Post-Reformation Polemic

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-03-14
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare

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Marlowe's Literary Scepticismre-evaluates the representation of religion in Christopher Marlowe's plays and poems, demonstrating the extent to which his literary engagement with questions of belief was shaped by the virulent polemical debates that raged in post-Reformation Europe. Offering new readings of under-studied works such as the poetic translations and a fresh perspective on well-known plays such as Doctor Faustus, this book focuses on Marlowe's depiction of the religious frauds denounced by his contemporaries. It identifies Marlowe as one of the earliest writers to acknowledge the practical value of religious hypocrisy, and and a pivotal figure in the history of scepticism.

Author Biography

Chloe Preedy is a teaching associate at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

IntroductionMarlowe the AtheistEquivocation, Dissimulation and DeceitConversion and ConformityOath-taking and Oath-breakingThe Religious RebelRadicals and RegicideMarlowe's LegacyBibliographyIndex

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