Republican reimaginings in Marlowe’s 'Edward II'

Ivic, C (2022) 'Republican reimaginings in Marlowe’s 'Edward II'.' Humanities, 11 (1). e23. ISSN 2076-0787

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This essay explores the intersection of republican and nationalist ideas in Marlowe’s Elizabethan history play _Edward II_. I read the play less in terms of recent dominant readings: that is, focussing on the same-sex relation between King Edward and his ‘minion’ Gaveston. Instead, I focus on the play’s critique of Edward’s authoritarian and arbitrary rule, a critique of monarchy informed by proto-republican ideology and a nascent nationalism. This essay also considers the play’s archipelagic angles within the context of the play’s initial inscription—Queen Elizabeth’s two-kingdom, three-nation rule—as well as its Jacobean publications.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Christopher Marlowe, England, Scotland, 'Edward II', nationhood, republicanism, elective monarchy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
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Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2022 16:56
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