an independent academic publisher since 1985

book details

Bookmark and Share
Doctor Faustus - Second Edition 

Doctor Faustus - Second Edition

Written by: Christopher Marlowe
Edited by: Michael Keefer

Series: Broadview Editions
2nd Edition

Publication Date: February 16, 2007
320pp • Paperback / PDF / ePub
ISBN: 9781551112107 / 1551112108
Volume: 0

Need help choosing a format? Learn more about ebooks here
 

Buy Now

View Table of Contents

Doctor Faustus is a classic; its imaginative boldness and vertiginous ironies have fascinated readers and playgoers alike. But the fact that this play exists in two early versions, printed in 1604 and 1616, has posed formidable problems for critics. How much of either version was written by Marlowe, and which is the more authentic? Is the play orthodox or radically interrogative?

Michael Keefer's early work helped to establish the current consensus that the 1604 text was censored and revised; the Keefer edition, praised for its lucid introduction and scholarship, was the first to restore two displaced scenes to their correct place. Most competing editions presume that the 1604 text was printed from authorial manuscript, and that the 1616 text is of little substantive value. But in 2006 Keefer's fresh analysis of the evidence showed that the 1604 quarto's Marlovian scenes were printed from a corrupted manuscript, and that the 1616 quarto (though indeed censored and revised) preserves some readings earlier than those of the 1604 text.

This edition has been updated and revised. Keefer's critical introduction reconstructs the ideological contexts that shaped and deformed the play, and the text is accompanied by textual and explanatory notes and excerpts from sources.

Comments:

"This edition is absolutely essential for any serious student or teacher of this perpetually intriguing and vexing play." - Peter G. Platt in Studies in English Literature1500-1900, 48.2 (Spring 2008)

"Michael Keefer's revised edition of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus is now all the more an indispensable text for students, teachers, and scholars of early modern English drama. It combines immense learning with perfect clarity and accessibility. It gives us a solidly reconceived text and also a brilliant historical introduction that fills each line of this strange and moving play with the sounds of a world in intellectual and religious crisis." - Paul Yachnin, McGill University

Michael Keefer is a Professor of English at the University of Guelph, former President of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, and winner of the Renaissance Society of America's Nelson Prize. He has published widely on English Renaissance literature, early modern philosophy, literary and textual-critical theory, and contemporary cultural politics.

Table of Contents: [Back to Top]

Acknowledgments

Preface to the Revised Edition, 2006

Preface to the First Edition, 1991

Introduction

Christopher Marlowe: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text

The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

Appendix A: Non-parallel Scenes from The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus (1616 version)

Appendix B: Excerpts from The Historie of the damnable life, and deserved death of Doctor John Faustus (1592)

Appendix C: Excerpts from Henricus Cornelius Agrippa, De incertitudine et vanitate scientiarum (1530), and De occulta philosophia libri tres (1533)

Appendix D: Excerpts from Jean Calvin, The Institution of Christian Religion (1561)

Works Cited and Recommended Reading

 



Academics teaching relevant courses may request examination copies of titles to consider for text adoption. We ask that you limit your examination copy requests to three or fewer at a time; if you are not confident that you will adopt the book, please help us keep costs down by ordering it instead. If in the future you do decide to assign as a course text a book you have previously ordered personally, Broadview Press will be happy to refund your money.

Doctor Faustus - Second Edition

2007 • 320pp • Paperback • 9781551112107 / 1551112108

Instructors – Planning your syllabi? Consider this book for course use.

Request Exam Copy

 

Broadview Press acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund, and also acknowledges the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Freehand Books, an imprint of Broadview, acknowledges the support of the Canadian Council of the Arts.