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Thinking Through Place on the Early Modern English Stage$
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Andrew Bozio

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198846567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198846567.001.0001

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Marlowe and the Ecology of Remembrance

Marlowe and the Ecology of Remembrance

(p.65) 2 Marlowe and the Ecology of Remembrance
Thinking Through Place on the Early Modern English Stage

Andrew Bozio

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that Marlowe’s earliest dramatic works—namely, Dido, Queen of Carthage and the first and second parts of Tamburlaine—share an investment in ecological memory, a form of recollection in which place shapes both the contours and the contents of memory itself. In Dido, Aeneas’s efforts to remember the fallen city of Troy—first through hallucination and later through his attempts to rebuild that city—reveal a tension at the heart of ecological memory, the ease with which the memory of a place can disrupt an individual’s sense of their immediate surroundings and thereby disorient them. Similarly, Tamburlaine stages a tension between two ways of thinking through the environment: a territorializing thought, embodied in Tamburlaine’s “aspyring mind,” and the ecological memory that is figured most poignantly in Zenocrate’s relationship to Damascus. In this way, Marlowe’s earliest plays trace the gap between places remembered and those imagined in order to stage the collision of different forms of ecological thinking.

Keywords:   Christopher Marlowe, Dido, Queen of Carthage, Tamburlaine, memory, Troy, territoriality

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