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Beyond New Historicism: Marlowe's unnatural histories and the melancholy properties of the stage
The tradition of the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the minds of the living. 
There is no document of culture which is not at the same time a document of barbarism. And just as such a document is not free from barbarism, barbarism also taints the process of transmission ... 
Recent critical discussions of Elizabethan drama, above all of Shakespeare, have centred around `new historicism', a trend consolidated in critical anthologies. New historicism is characterised by an interest in the historicity of texts and the textuality of history, and by affinities with theoretical projects concerned with power, identity and the construction of subject positions. Despite important political differences, new historicism has been linked with what has become known as `cultural materialism'. Many of the political differences stem from t...
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