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Dramatic GeographyRomance, Intertheatricality, and Cultural Encounter in Early Modern Mediterranean Drama$
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Laurence Publicover

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806813.001.0001

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Satirizing Kyd’s Mediterranean

Satirizing Kyd’s Mediterranean

Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta

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(p.109) 5 Satirizing Kyd’s Mediterranean
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Dramatic Geography
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Laurence Publicover

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806813.003.0006

Noting that Christopher Marlowe shared a room with Thomas Kyd around the time The Jew of Malta was written and first performed, this chapter reads Marlowe’s play as an ironic response to Kyd’s. By interrogating the problematic relationship between the personal values of chivalry and the wider political world, it argues, Marlowe’s play examines an issue left relatively unexplored within Kyd’s play; The Jew of Malta thus responds to the Mediterranean staged by Kyd, working through an intertheatrical geography. Placing The Jew of Malta within a wider context of Elizabethan attitudes of chivalry, and in doing so demonstrating how Marlowe’s play stages the Mediterranean to reflect on English culture, the chapter interprets Marlowe’s Barabas as a parodic version of the individualistic knight-errant encountered in medieval romance.

Keywords:   Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta, chivalry, commerce, individualism, Barabas, intertheatricality

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