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Doctor Faustus

Book: The Summons of Death on the Medieval and Renaissance English Stage - Phoebe S. Spinrad [.pdf]
dissertation"Falling to a devilish exercise": Magic and Spectacle on the Renaissance Stage - Shayne Confer
Thesis Magician Or Witch?: Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus - Michelle M. Matthews
Thesis Necessary Evil: The Interplay of Compulsion and Necessity
            in Doctor Faustus and Macbeth - William A. Habington [.pdf]
Thesis As Looks the Sun, Infinite Riches, Valorem: The Economics of Metaphor in Marlowe's
            Tamburlaine the Great, The Jew of Malta, and Doctor Faustus - Colin R. Bailey [.pdf]
Thesis "There's Magic in the Web of It": White and Black Magic in
            Jonson, Marlowe and Shakespeare - Marnie Findlater [.pdf]
Thesis The Devil and Capitalism in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Milton's Paradise Lost - Meredith M. Hand [.pdf]
Belief and Spectacle at Early Performances of Doctor Faustus - Marie-Hélène Besnault [.pdf]
"Resolve me of all ambiguities": Doctor Faustus and the Failure to Unify - Andrew DuxfieldEMLS
"The verie paines of hell": Doctor Faustus and the Controversy over Christ's Descent - Heather A. Hirschfeld
'To obtain his soul': Demonic Desire for the Soul in Marlowe and Others - John D. Cox
Faustus and the Angels - Ruth Lunney
Doctor Faustus and the Lutheran Aesthetic - Angus Fletcher [.pdf]
The Philosophy of Death in Marlowe's Dr. Faustus - Miguel Martínez López
Solomon, Gender, and Empire in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus - William Tate [.pdf]
'What art thou Faustus?' Self-reference and Strategies of Identification in Doctor Faustus - J. A. Prieto-Pablos
History and the Canon: The Case of Doctor Faustus - Michael H. Keefer [.pdf]
The Faustian Motif in Marlowe's Dr.Faustus - Milena Kostić [.pdf]
Doctor Faustus, the Harrowing of Hell, and the Problem of Satisfaction in Reformation England - H. Hirschfeld
Marlowe's Cambridge Years and the Writing of Doctor Faustus - G.M. Pinciss
Casting Doubt in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus - William M. Hamlin
Unpardonable Sins: The Hazards of Performative Language in the Tragic Cases
        of Francesco Spiera and Doctor Faustus - Daniel Gates
Shakespeare's Anxious Epistemology: Love's Labor's Lost and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus - Eric C. Brown
Overreaching Flesh and Soul: The Theme of Damnation in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and
         Tirso de Molina's Don Juan - Miguel Martínez López
Dr. Faustus and Don Juan: Two Baroque Heroes - Dionisia Tejera Llano
"[I]ygging vaines" and "riming mother wits": Marlowe, Clowns and
           The Early Frameworks of Dramatic Authorship - Kirk Melnikoff EMLS
Comparison of the final moments in the A and B texts of Faustus - Rebecca Bushnell
Differences Between The A and B Texts of Doctor Faustus - Christy Desmet
Dr. Faustus - Selling His Soul to Make a Point - John Larson
Leaving Redemption Behind: Touring The Road To Hell With Dr. Faustus - Bill DeWitt [.pdf]
Faustus and Women - Kaye Anfield



Tamburlaine the Great

dissertation"Stronge and tough studie": Humanism, Education, and Masculinity
           in Renaissance England - Andrew T. Strycharski [.pdf]
dissertation"This cursed womb": The Queen as Mother on the Early Modern Stage - Mary K. Stripling [.pdf]
Thesis Natural Law in Marlowe's Tamburlaine and Edward II - Susan S. Skillern [.pdf]
Thesis Colonialist Discourse in Marlowe's Tamburlaine and The Jew of Malta - Ahmad Shirkhani [.pdf]
Thesis As Looks the Sun, Infinite Riches, Valorem: The Economics of Metaphor in Marlowe's
           Tamburlaine the Great, The Jew of Malta, and Doctor Faustus - Colin R. Bailey [.pdf]
'A world of ground': Terrestrial Space in Marlowe's Tamburlaine plays - Emrys Jones
Marlowe's Staging of Meaning - Leslie Thomson
Marlowe's Tamburlaine: Unsettling Audience Loyalties - David Cope [.pdf]
The "Turk Phenomenon" and the Repertory of the Late Elizabethan Playhouse - Mark Hutchings EMLS
Beyond New Historicism: Marlowe's Unnatural Histories and the Melancholy Properties of the Stage - Drew Milne
"And shall I die, and this unconquered?": Marlowe's Inverted Colonialism - Lisa HopkinsEMLS
The Tragic Mode of Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine, Part I - Marc Woodworth
Tamburlaine the Great: A Ten-act Renaissance Play? - Stephen D. Rowe



The Jew of Malta

Thesis Objective Irony in The Jew of Malta - Jim M. Cowan
Thesis Colonialist Discourse in Marlowe's Tamburlaine and The Jew of Malta - Ahmad Shirkhani [.pdf]
Thesis As Looks the Sun, Infinite Riches, Valorem: The Economics of Metaphor in Marlowe's
           Tamburlaine the Great, The Jew of Malta, and Doctor Faustus - Colin R. Bailey [.pdf]
Introduction to Marlowe's Jew of Malta - Julia Reinhard Lupton [.pdf]
Psychologizing the Anti-Semitism in The Jew of Malta - Jeff Chien-fu Hsueh [.pdf]
'Strangers' and 'Stratagem' in Marlowe's The Jew of Malta - Farhana Wazir Khan [.pdf]
"Marlowe's second city": the Jew as Critic at the Rose in 1592 - Lloyd Edward Kermode
'Pageants truly played': Self-dramatization and Naturalistic Character in The Jew of Malta - David Webb
The Jew of Malta and the Diabolic Power of Theatrics in the 1580s - Arata Ide
Counterfeit Professions: Jewish Daughters and the Drama of Failed Conversion in
           Marlowe's The Jew of Malta and Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Brett D. Hirsch EMLS
The Dramatic Typology of the Boy Servant in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night,
           Lyly's Gallathea and Marlowe's The Jew of Malta - Ellie Rycroft [.pdf]
The Revengers in The Spanish Tragedy, The Jew of Malta, The Revenger's Tragedy
           and The Duchess of Malfi - Nathan Mao [.pdf]
"[I]ygging vaines" and "riming mother wits": Marlowe, Clowns and
           The Early Frameworks of Dramatic Authorship - Kirk Melnikoff EMLS



Edward II

Thesis Natural Law in Marlowe's Tamburlaine and Edward II - Susan S. Skillern [.pdf]
Ambiguous Devices: The Use of Dramatic Emblems in Marlowe's Edward II - Manuel J. Gómez Lara
Land, Law and Desire in Marlowe's Edward II - Arvind Thomas [.pdf]
"Outing" Edward, outfitting Marlowe: Derek Jarman's film of Edward II - Bert Cardullo
Marlowe, Jarman, and Edward II: Use or Abuse? - Juan Carlos Hidalgo Ciudad
To Sodomize a Nation: Edward II, Ireland, and the Threat of Penetration - Marcie Bianco EMLS
For the Love of Gaveston: Edward II and Audience Response in Elizabethan England - J. A. Prieto Pablos
The Aristocracy in Edward II - Byung-Eun Lee [.pdf]
Friends, Fakes and Fools: Political Judgement in Marlowe's Edward II - Sara MacDonald [.pdf]
Marlowe, Company Ownership, and the Role of Edward II - Roslyn L. Knutson
Breeching the Boy in Marlowe's Edward II - Marie Rutkoski
Status, Sodomy, and the Theater in Marlowe's Edward II - David Stymeist
Marlowe's Edward II and the Medieval Passion Play - Patrick Ryan
Homophobia and the Regulation of Desire: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Marlowe's Edward II - Viviana Comensoli
History, Tragedy, and Truth in Christopher Marlowe's Edward II - Joan Parks
Marlowe, Edward II, and the Cult of Elizabeth - Dennis KayEMLS
Marlowe's Staging of Meaning - Leslie Thomson
Royal Carnality and Illicit Desire in the English History Plays of the 1590s - Charles R. Forker
Castrating the Body Politic: Power and Gender in Marlowe's Edward II and
          Shakespeare's Henry V Plays - Ellen C. Caldwell [.pdf]
A Discussion of Morality and Horror in "The Duchess of Malfi" and Edward II - Timothy Fox



Dido, Queen of Carthage

"Dido I am, unless I be deceived": Female Desire and Ruin in Christopher Marlowe's
        Dido, Queen of Carthage (1594) and John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi (1613) - Grace Windsor
Epic Transgression and the Framing of Agency in "Dido Queen of Carthage" - Clare R. Kinney
Marlowe's Travesty of Virgil: Dido and Elizabethan Dreams of Empire - Donald Stump



Hero and Leander

Tragic Fate in Marlowe and Chapman's Hero and Leander - Larry Tjarks [.pdf]
Hero's Afterlife: Hero and Leander and 'lewd unmannerly verse' in the late Seventeenth Century - Roy Booth EMLS
"I Am No Woman, I": Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Elizabethan Erotic Verse - Chloe K. Preedy [.pdf]
"Headdie Ryots" as Reformations: Marlowe's Libertine Poetics - Helga Duncan EMLS



The Passionate Shepherd to his Love

The Poetry Contest: Sir Walter Ralegh, Christopher Marlowe and John Donne - Janice Greer



The Translations

Marlowe, The Poet of Love: A Fresh Look at his Amorous Verse and his Sexuality - Mike Frohnsdorff



Marlowe & Shakespeare

Thesis The Influence of Marlowe on Shakespeare - Mary Dorothy Mawdsley [.pdf]
Thesis Necessary Evil: The Interplay of Compulsion and Necessity
            in Doctor Faustus and Macbeth - William A. Habington [.pdf]
Thesis "There's Magic in the Web of It": White and Black Magic in
            Jonson, Marlowe and Shakespeare - Marnie Findlater [.pdf]
The Case for Christopher Marlowe's Authorship of the Works attributed to William Shakespeare - John Baker
Shakespeare's Anxious Epistemology: Love's Labor's Lost and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus - Eric C. Brown
Castrating the Body Politic: Power and Gender in Marlowe's Edward II and
          Shakespeare's Henry V Plays - Ellen C. Caldwell [.pdf]
Counterfeit Professions: Jewish Daughters and the Drama of Failed Conversion in
           Marlowe's The Jew of Malta and Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Brett D. Hirsch EMLS
The Dramatic Typology of the Boy Servant in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night,
           Lyly's Gallathea and Marlowe's The Jew of Malta - Ellie Rycroft [.pdf]
Disorder in the House of God: Disrupted Worship in Shakespeare and Others - Bruce Boehrer



Marlowe & Other Writers

Thesis "There's Magic in the Web of It": White and Black Magic in
            Jonson, Marlowe and Shakespeare - Marnie Findlater [.pdf]
Marlowe's Travesty of Virgil: Dido and Elizabethan Dreams of Empire - Donald Stump
Marlowe's Edward II and the Medieval Passion Play - Patrick Ryan
The Dramatic Typology of the Boy Servant in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night,
           Lyly's Gallathea and Marlowe's The Jew of Malta - Ellie Rycroft [.pdf]
"Unfortunate Travellers": translatio, travestissement et maniérisme littéraire
        chez Marlowe et Nashe - Marie-Alice Belle [.pdf]
Overreaching Flesh and Soul: The Theme of Damnation in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and
        Tirso de Molina's Don Juan - Miguel Martínez López
Dr. Faustus and Don Juan: Two Baroque Heroes - Dionisia Tejera Llano
Thesis The Devil and Capitalism in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Milton's Paradise Lost - Meredith M. Hand [.pdf]
"Dido I am, unless I be deceived": Female Desire and Ruin in Christopher Marlowe's
        Dido, Queen of Carthage (1594) and John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi (1613) - Grace Windsor
The Revengers in The Spanish Tragedy, The Jew of Malta, The Revenger's Tragedy
           and The Duchess of Malfi - Nathan Mao [.pdf]
A Discussion of Morality and Horror in "The Duchess of Malfi" and Edward II - Timothy Fox



General & Miscellaneous

From The Sacred Wood: Notes on the Blank Verse of Christopher Marlowe - T. S. Eliot, 1920.
dissertation Irony and Objectivity in the Plays of Christopher Marlowe - Terry J. Box [.pdf]
Christopher Marlowe and the Succession to the English Crown - Lisa Hopkins
Christopher Marlowe and the Golden Age of England - Michael J. Kelly [.pdf]
The Influences of Elizabethan Society on the Writings of Christopher Marlowe - Jeffrey Scott [.pdf]
Marlowe's Staging of Meaning - Leslie Thomson
Marlowe's Texts and Oral Transmission: Towards the Zielform - Thomas Pettitt
Fissured Families: A Motif in Marlowe's plays - Lisa Hopkins






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