Oxford Handbook of Christopher Marlowe

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Sarah Dustagheer and Kirk Melnikoff
contact email: 

After the New Oxford Shakespeare credited Christopher Marlowe as co-author of 1, 2, and 3 Henry VI in 2016, Shakespeare’s short-lived contemporary has drawn a wave of renewed interest. Since then, new editions of Doctor Faustus, The Massacre at Paris, and The Jew of Malta have appeared, three collections of essays have been published, and a well-attended international Marlowe conference was held in Wittenberg, Germany. Marlowe’s plays continue to be a staple of contemporary non-Shakespearean performance with recent celebrated productions at the RSC’s Swan Theatre and the National Theatre. The next two years will see major gatherings dedicated to Marlowe and his work held in Rheims, Paris, and London, and the second manifestation of the Oxford Marlowe: Collected Works will follow thereafter. The Oxford Handbook of Christopher Marlowe is intended to compliment this work. It will provide an authoritative volume of essays encompassing emergent and established approaches to Marlowe by a range of scholars and theatre practitioners. To that end, we are especially interested in contributions having to do with:

  • Marlowe and authorship
  • Marlowe and race and ethnicity
  • Marlowe and gender
  • Marlowe and sexuality
  • Marlowe and social justice
  • Marlowe and religion
  • Marlowe and the environment
  • Marlowe and popular culture
  • Marlowe in print and manuscript culture
  • Marlowe, the body, and the emotions
  • Marlowe and textual studies
  • Marlowe and theatre history
  • Marlowe on film

We are also potentially interested in contributions dedicated to specific play or poem by Marlowe.

Volumes in the Oxford Handbooks series are designed to define an established or emerging field of research through an authoritative set of essays covering areas of debate in that field. Chapters should be a minimum of 5,000 words, and we are looking to commission around 30 to 35 chapters. Recent Oxford Handbooks on early modern topics include The Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell, The Oxford Handbook of Cervantes, and The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700. For more on these handbooks, go to: https://global.oup.com/academic/content/series/o/oxford-handbooks-ohbk/?....

Scholars and theatre practitioners from all backgrounds and career levels are invited to submit chapter proposals. Please send a brief 100-word abstract along with a 100-word bio to Sarah Dustagheer (S.Dustagheer-463@kent.ac.uk) and/or Kirk Melnikoff (kbmelnik@uncc.edu) by 1 October 2022. A Handbook proposal will be submitted to OUP at the end of the year. Potential contributors wishing to discuss their submissions are very welcome to send queries by email to the editors.