Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, Day 1

Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe                    Title Page from B-Text, 1616 (NAEL online)

I was on the road all day, literally, and am a little late posting some online resources for studying Marlowe and his tragedy of Faustus.  Hopefully, we can delve into the discussion questions tomorrow.  I’m curious to hear how or if people feel this play has personal resonance and/or contemporary relevance.  I have only found one clip from a performance, which I will include in a future post, but we might also think about how we each envision this play being staged; should it be done in period costume? Could it be done well, effectively, in modern dress with other modernizations to set, allusions, even language?

Below are some online resources: 

Plot Summary. Warning: This is from Spark Notes.  The play is fairly easy to follow in terms of plot, but if you have any questions, you can consult this source at your own risk.  (Disclaimer: As a college English teacher, I’m very realistic about students (of all ages) using sources like this.  It shouldn’t be a source on a bibliography or works cited page; nor should it influence you so strongly that it supplants, rather than supplements, your own reading experience. But if it helps bring clarity, enhances your understanding, so that you can engage the text on a deeper level, que sera sera.

“The Magician, The Heretic, and The Playwright: An Overview” from Norton Anthology of English Literature

Famous quotes from the play

E-text of the play with original and modernized language along with The English Faust Book ( a major source for the play), created and maintained by Tufts University.

There are a few biographical and critical articles on Marlowe available on Theatre History.com; however, they are quite old (1900-1920’s) and out of copyright, hence why the site has chosen them.  I am still compiling a bibliography of recent scholarly criticism on the play, which I will post shortly.


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