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The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe

The Jew of Malta

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The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe

A new critical introduction and very extensive appendices on the major philosophical and political texts of the play make this edition unique on the market.


The great strength of Mathew Martin's edition is the ease of access it gives scholars and students to one of Marlowe's strangest and most disturbing plays. He achieves this not simply by exemplary annotations, but by framing Marlowe's text within an introduction and richly informative appendices that place the play securely in its contemporary social, cultural, and political contexts, enabling readers to negotiate complexities of tone and racial attitudes with subtle insight. The effect is precisely to highlight the daring originality of Marlowe's dramatic artistry and his exacting control of both the arts of performance and his audience's responses. -- Richard Allen Cave, Emeritus Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London

The Jew of Malta is one of early modern England's most controversial plays on its most controversial topic--the collision of world religions. Martin's terrific new edition brilliantly captures the gist of its cut-and-thrust. The introduction offers readers a sophisticated entree into Anglo-Ottoman relations, European anti-Semitism, theatre history, and Machiavellianism. The edition is elegantly edited, with many resources for readers who want to understand one of Marlowe's greatest plays in its historical milieu. -- Alan Shepard, President of Concordia University

About the Author

Mathew R. Martin is Full Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd December 2011


Christopher Marlowe

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Broadview Press Ltd


290 pages


Plays, playscripts
Literary studies: plays & playwrights



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