"The form of Faustus' fortunes, good or bad" : Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and the Multi-Genre Theatre of the Long English Restoration

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Year of publication 2023
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Silesian Studies In English 2021. Proceedings of the 6th international conference of English and American studies, 9th-10th September 2021
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Keywords Christopher Marlowe; Doctor Faustus; Elizabethan theatre; Restoration theatre; dramatic genres; farce; pantomime; Harlequin; adaptation
Description While Restoration and early-18th-century English theatre tends to be associated predominantly with comedies of manners, this period was in fact a time of great theatrical innovation, when new possibilities of stage action were explored and old dramatic material often received a distinct new take. The present article shows how the pre-Interregnum story of Doctor Faustus was revived multiple times after 1660 and how each new reiteration of the work testifies to the then recent developments in London theatres. The post-1660 dramatic versions of Doctor Faustus show how versatile the theatre of the period was and how one particular subject could easily oscillate between genres, as well as entire cultural spheres.
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