Tamburlaine: A Critical Reader

David McInnis

Bloomsbury Academic | Published : 2020


Tamburlaine: A Critical Reader offers the definitive introduction to these plays and new perspectives on these seminal works.The blockbuster Tamburlaine plays (1587) instantly established Marlowe's reputation for experimenting with subversive, outrageous and immoral material. The plays follow the meteoric rise of a Scythian shepherd-turned-warlord, whose conquests of eastern emperors soon sees him established as the most powerful man in the world. The visual tableaux featured in the plays are iconic. He uses his enemy Bajazeth as a footstool, and has other emperors pull his chariot like horses. He burns the Qur'an on stage. The plays were memorable, too, for how they sounded: they showcased ..

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