Christopher Marlowe (ENGL3651)


Christopher Marlowe was a radically creative dramatic and poetic genius whose blockbuster plays changed the course of English drama and paved the way for Shakespeare. His daring themes put Renaissance taboos such as atheism, necromancy, homoeroticism and current politics on stage for public debate. These themes, combined with his trademark obsessive protagonists, mighty poetic line and aesthetics of violence, continue to impress audiences and scholars. This unit is an advanced study of Marlowe's body of work in the context of his times and modern scholarship.

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1x2hr seminar/week


1x1500wd essay (25%), 1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x2000wd take-home exercise (35%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

18 senior credit points from English or Australian Literature



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