Edward II (Arden Early Modern Drama) (Paperback)

Edward II (Arden Early Modern Drama) By Christopher Marlowe, Jeffrey Masten (Editor), Suzanne Gossett (Editor) Cover Image
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Critically, theatrically, and politically, the time is ripe for a new edition of Christopher Marlowe's Edward II. Critically, the play has come to be, in the past several decades, a central document in histories and analyses of sexuality in early modern England, with the major figures in gay/queer history and literature of the period contributing to the discussion of male homoeroticism, same-sex friendship, and early modern sodomy in the play. Marlowe - and the relation of his life and death to his writing - has continued to generate interest and controversy among critics as well as the general reading public. At the same time, more traditional questions asked of the play- its contested status as history or tragedy, its status as an early exemplar of the history play, its relation to Shakespeare's histories-have continued to attract critical attention.

Edited to the highest Arden standard, the edition gives students a modernised, comprehensively annotated text with a lengthy, illustrated introduction discussing the play's treatment of same-sex relationships both in Marlowe's day and our own, an analysis of the play in performance and in relation to other plays of the period, and a discussion of changing critical views of its themes of obsessive love, power and politics.

About the Author

Jeffrey Masten is Research Professor of Literature and Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at Northwestern University, Chicago, USA.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781408133453
ISBN-10: 1408133458
Publisher: Arden Shakespeare
Publication Date: February 5th, 2026
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Arden Early Modern Drama