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Jeffrey Masten
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)
A New Critical Edition of Christopher Marlowe's "Edward II"

A new critical edition of the early modern English play, Edward II, by Christopher Marlow (1564-1693).

I seek NEH funding to complete research and writing of a new critical edition of Christopher Marlowe's historical tragedy Edward II (pub. 1594), a central text in both Renaissance English drama and in history of sexuality studies. The edition is commissioned and under contract with Arden Early Modern Drama; although there are a number of available teaching editions of the play, this edition will be the first major, modernized, scholarly edition of the play since 1994. The edition will include a newly edited text, a full textual apparatus of a play, and a monograph-length introduction. Appendices will include excerpts from the historical sources, an early manuscript plot summary of the play, and discussion of early readers’ markings in the four earliest editions and of a newly rediscovered first edition copy of the play bound in a 1612 German sammelband with texts on heresy, sodomy, and the Ottoman empire/Islam.

Project fields:
British Literature; Gender Studies; Theater History and Criticism

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Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$33,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 8/31/2017