Spectacles of Strangeness: Imperialism, Alienation, and by Emily C. Bartels

By Emily C. Bartels

Selected through Choice journal as a very good educational identify for 1994

Bartels makes a speciality of Marlowe's preoccupation with "strangers" and "strange" lands, and his use—and subversion—of Elizabethan stereotypes. environment Marlovian drama within the context of England's nascent imperialism, Bartels probes the importance of the alien because the important presence at the Renaissance degree and inside Renaissance society.

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Writing this book in the constant company of her friendship has been an extraordinary experience. Page xi A NOTE ON THE TEXTS Quotations from Marlowe have been taken from J. B. , Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus: A 1604-Version Edition (Peterborough, Canada: Broadview Press, 1991). All references to Tamburlaine are to Part 1, unless otherwise noted. Quotations from Shakespeare are from G. , Drama of the English Renaissance (New York: Macmillan, 1976), unless otherwise noted. Spellings of some proper names will vary according to the text being cited.

For the plays provide one of the most visible, most popular, and most radical voices of resistance to a dominant discursive trend, which was shaping ideas of self and state. As such, they underscore that trend, its impetus, and its widespread cultural currency, while reminding us that its constructs, however powerful and pervasive, were neither uncontested nor unconflicted. Others, including Reginald Scot, whose controversial Discoverie of witchcraft insists that witches are made and not born, were also protesting against these coercive policies and practices.

Europe's growing expansionism at once required and threatened the crucial gap between self and other that could "justify" the domination of other worlds. 9 So too on the home front, within Europe and England, where the division between self and other was also in danger of breaking down. 12 Though eminently useful, Said's world picture is itself bounded by its own ideology, dividing its territory into West and East, self and other, and leaving Page 6 out the complicating presence of the "third world" of Africa (as Christopher Miller has pointed out) and of a fourth, the "New World," neither of which can be accommodated within a self/other binarism.

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