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dc.contributor.authorSt Johanser, Christopher Ian
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-05T21:37:20Z
dc.date.available2011-12-05T21:37:20Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10179/2886
dc.description.abstract“Marlowe on Immortality” considers the work of Christopher Marlowe (1564-93) for its ideas of immortality. He employs varying genres to represent differently the intersections which arise between concepts, encounters which often reflect the historical collisions of ideologies. The question for research is “How do Marlowe’s texts function to represent conflicts in the late sixteenth century among and between classical, Christian and gnostic concepts of immortality?” The thesis employs an eclectic approach, including generic analysis and close reading of references in Marlovian texts to immortality. An introductory biographical chapter precedes a focus in Chapter Two upon the influence of Ovid in Marlowe’s works. Under consideration here are his translation Ovid’s Elegies, the play Dido, Queen of Carthage, an epitaph, a dedicatory epistle, and a mythic interlude in Hero and Leander. Chapter Three is concerned with the stars, as stellar discourse impinges upon ideas of immortality. The first section is on the classical process of stellification in Marlowe’s work. The second is on the Tamburlaine plays; their focus shifting from stellification motifs arising within a classical cosmology, to discussions of stellar influence. The third concerns the astrology and astronomy in Doctor Faustus. An Appendix is attached which provides background to sixteenth-century understandings of cosmology. It is suggested that Marlowe does not employ Copernican thinking, but foregrounds an Aristotelian perspective against a Neoplatonist conception of the Heavenly spheres.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMassey Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe Authoren_US
dc.subjectChristopher Marloween_US
dc.subjectCriticism and interpretationen_US
dc.subjectImmortalityen_US
dc.titleMarlowe on immortality : a thesis presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy in English at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealanden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish
thesis.degree.grantorMassey University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Philosophy (M.Phil.)


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