Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Dramatised Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roger Sales
      Pages 3-10
    3. Roger Sales
      Pages 11-32
    4. Roger Sales
      Pages 33-47
  3. The Drama

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Roger Sales
      Pages 84-110
    3. Roger Sales
      Pages 111-132
    4. Roger Sales
      Pages 133-160
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 161-177

About this book


This study locates Marlowe's career as dramatist and spy within the stage-play world of Elizabethan society. It also reconstructs the roles that spectators played in the choreography of power. It then shows how religious and political hostility towards the Elizabethan public theatres was based on fears that they offered competing spaces for spectacle. It is argued that Marlowe's major plays confirm such fears since they often debate official positions. This encourages spectators to enter into their own dialogues with authority. Relationships between the drama and the dramatised society are explored further through a consideration of such topics as punishment, gender, sexuality, colonisation, witchcraft and diseases.


Bertolt Brecht cultural history dramatist English literature English Studies George Eliot history of literature Macbeth Medieval Literature Middle Ages prose reformation Renaissance transmission William Shakespeare

Authors and affiliations

  • Roger┬áSales
    • 1
  1. 1.University of East AngliaUK

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