Hero and Leander Further Reading
by Christopher Marlowe

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Further Reading

(Poetry Criticism)


Baldwin, T. W. “Marlow's Musaeus.” The Journal of English and Germanic Philology 54, no. 4 (October 1955): 478-85.

Investigates the influence of Musaeus's version of the Hero and Leander story on Marlowe's poem.

Braunmuller, A. R. “Marlowe's Amorous Fates in Hero and Leander.The Review of English Studies 29, no. 113 (February 1978): 56-61.

Interprets Marlowe's use of the word “engines” in Hero and Leander.

Brown, Georgia E. “Gender and Voice in Hero and Leander.” In Constructing Christopher Marlowe, edited by J. A. Downie and J. T. Parnell, pp. 148-63. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Views Hero and Leander as “an agent of destabilization” and places the poem “in the context of the aesthetic and literary debates of the 1590s.”

Bush, Douglas. “Marlowe: Hero and Leander.” In Mythology and the Renaissance Tradition in English Poetry, pp. 121-36. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1963.

Traces the main influences on Hero and Leander—particularly the work of Ovid—and regards Hero and Leander as superficial characters whose affair lacks genuine human values.

Cheney, Patrick. “Marlowe, Chapman, and the Rewriting of Spenser's England in Hero and Leander.” In Marlowe's Counterfeit Profession: Ovid, Spenser, Counter-Nationhood, pp. 238-58. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.

Elucidates Chapman's continuation of Marlowe's Hero and Leander, discussing it as an attempt to clarify Marlowe's original intentions.

Cubeta, Paul M. “Marlowe's Poet in Hero and Leander.College English 26, no. 7 (April 1965): 500-05.

Examines Marlowe's narrative voice in Hero and Leander.

Keach, William. “Marlowe's Hero as ‘Venus' Nun’.” English Literary Renaissance 2, no. 3 (winter 1972): 307-20.

Explores the range of meanings of the phrase “Venus' nun” in Hero and Leander.

Levin, Harry. “The Dead Shepherd.” In The Overreacher: A Study of Christopher Marlowe, pp. 137-46. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1952.

Overview of Hero and Leander.

Lewis, C. S. “Hero and Leander.” In Selected Literary Essays, edited by Walter Hooper, pp. 58-73. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969.

Reads Marlowe's and Chapman's sections of Hero and Leander as a whole and asserts that the “collaboration has produced an extremely fortunate result.”

Mills, John. “The Courtship Ritual of Hero and Leander.” English Literary Renaissance 2, no. 3 (winter 1972): 298-306.

Characterizes the courtship between Hero and Leander as a “poshlustian comedy.”

Neuse, Richard. “Atheism and Some Function of Myth in Marlowe's Hero and Leander.Modern Language Quarterly 31, no. 4 (December 1970): 424-39.

Maintains that in Hero...

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