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Christopher Marlowe, <i>Doctor Faustus</i>

David Lawton

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199566471
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199566471.013.0010

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

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Christopher Marlow's Doctor Faustus is a play in which much appears to exist in doubles: a Good Angel and a Bad; master and servant; two clowns; two deeds of damnation; and, on the level of textual history, two texts, two sets of possible collaborators, two possible locales (Wittenberg and Württemberg) and two dominant modes, high drama and low farce. Most of these can best be approached by unpacking the nature of the play's two printed texts, A and B. Neither was printed in Marlowe's lifetime. Both are important records of the play's unfolding performance history, each can be used to make small corrections to the other, and neither is authoritative in establishing the play Marlowe originally wrote.

Keywords: Christopher Marlow; Doctor Faustus; religious drama; plays

Article.  7341 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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