Dr Chloe Preedy
I completed my PhD on religious conflict in the works of Christopher Marlowe at the University of York, before joining the Faculty of English at Cambridge. I am a teaching member of the Faculty, specialising in Shakespeare and early modern drama, and a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.
I work mainly on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, with a focus on early modern drama. My research to date has looked at the Elizabethan drama of the 1580s and 1590s, and specifically at the plays (and poems) of Christopher Marlowe: my book, Marlowe's Literary Scepticism: Politic Religion and Post-Reformation Polemic, explores the debt that Marlowe's literary discourse of religious scepticism owes to the confessional polemic of the later sixteenth century. My broader research interests include the ways in which early modern drama engaged with and participated in religious controversy, the theatrical representation of space, early modern propaganda networks, Elizabethan responses to Machiavelli, theatre and performance history, and textual editing. As part of a new collaborative research project, 'Renaissance Reincarnations', I am currently investigating the cultural afterlives of various Renaissance dramatists and the reception history of their work from the seventeenth century to the present day. I am also researching a new book project on the theatrical representation of early modern warfare, which will focus on the use and figuring of weapons in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century theatres.
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Marlowe's Literary Scepticism: Politic Religion and Post-Reformation Polemic (forthcoming, January 2013)
‘(De)Valuing the Crown in Tamburlaine, Dido Queen of Carthage, and Edward II’. Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 (forthcoming)
‘”False and Fraudulent Meanes”? Representing the Miraculous in the Works of Christopher Marlowe’. Marlowe Studies: An Annual, Vol. 2 (2012), pp. 103-24.
‘Bringing the House Down: Religion and the Household in Marlowe’s Jew of Malta’. Renaissance Studies, Vol. 26.2 (2012), pp. 163-79.