The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1334 Tuesday, 22 December 1998.
Date: Tuesday, 22 Dec 1998 12:20:46 +0000
Subject: Shakespeare's Debt to Marlowe
I wonder if, without treading on the forbidden territory of the
authorship question, I might pose the following question to the list:
What is the current scholarship on Shakespeare's debt to Christopher
Marlowe? More specifically, what research has been done on the
relationship between similar plays, such as Edward 2 and the Henry 6
cycle, and _Dido, Queen of Carthage_ and the Player's speech ("Aeneas'
tale to Dido"-beginning "The rugged Pyrrhus..." in 2.2)?
Moving away from soliciting citations (a practice that has generated
some controversy, of late), what do people think of the relations
between Shakespeare's and Marlowe's plays-do they constitute discernible
influence, and if so, can Bloomian anxiety be attributed to Shakespeare
in this context? Does his debt constitute plagiarism or a more benign
form of influence?
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