Doctor Faustus: A Critical Guide (Continuum Renaissance Drama)

Doctor Faustus: A Critical Guide (Continuum Renaissance Drama)

By: Professor Sara Munson Deats (editor)Paperback

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This book presents a comprehensive introduction to Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus" - introducing its critical history, performance history, the current critical landscape and new directions in research on the play. "Doctor Faustus" is Christopher Marlowe's most popular play and is often seen as one of the overwhelming triumphs of the English Renaissance. It has had a rich and varied critical history often arousing violent critical controversy. This guide offers students an introduction to its critical and performance history, surveying notable stage productions from its initial performance in 1594 to the present and including TV, audio and cinematic versions. It includes a keynote chapter outlining major areas of current research on the play and four new critical essays. Finally, a guide to critical, web-based and production-related resources and an annotated biography provide a basis for further individual research. "Continuum Renaissance Drama" offers practical and accessible introductions to the critical and performative contexts of key Elizabethan and Jacobean plays. Each guide introduces the text's critical and performance history but also provides students with an invaluable insight into the landscape of current scholarly research through a keynote essay on the state of the art and newly commissioned essays of fresh research from different critical perspectives.

About Author

Sara Munson Deats is Distinguished University Professor of English and Co-Director of the Center of Applied Humanities at The University of South Florida, USA. She has published widely on Marlowe and Shakespeare, has served as President of the Marlowe Society of America, and in 1998 received the international Roma Gill Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Marlowe Scholarship.


Series Introduction; Timeline; Introduction, Sara Munson Deats (University of South Florida, USA); 1. The Critical Backstory, Bruce T. Brandt (South Dakota State University, USA); 2. The Performance History, David Bevington (University of Chicago, USA); 3. The State of the Art - Current Critical Research, Robert A. Logan (University of Hartford, USA); 4. New Directions: Doctor Faustus and Renaissance Hermeticism, Andrew Duxfield (Sheffield Hallam University, UK); 5. New Directions: Imperialism as Devilry: A Postcolonial Analysis of Doctor Faustus, Toni Francis (The College of the Bahamas); 6. New Directions: "What means this show?" Directing a Student Faustus, Andrew James Hartley (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA); 7. New Directions: The Other Black Arts: Doctor Faustus and the Inky Words of Printing and Writing Georgia Brown (London, UK); 8. A Survey of Resources, Sarah K. Scott (Mount St. Mary's University, USA); Notes on Contributors; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781847061386
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781847061386
  • ISBN10: 1847061389

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