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Conflating Babel and Babylon in Tamburlaine 2
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2469-6431
2012 (English)In: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, ISSN 0039-3657, E-ISSN 1522-9270, Vol. 2, no 52, p. 293-324Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay argues that the second of Marlowe's Tamburlaine plays conflates two biblical narratives—those of the Tower of Babel and the fall of Babylon. While this conflation was widespread in early modern culture, Marlowe's play—unlike many other representations of these narratives—does not suggest reconciliation or salvation as an alternative to the tower or the fall of man. Instead, through its complex response to theological, political, and linguistic issues, Tamburlaine 2 depicts a world in which Babel and Babylon cannot be redeemed.

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2012. Vol. 2, no 52, p. 293-324
Keywords [en]
Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine, Babel, Babylon, early modern drama
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General Literature Studies
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Humanities, English literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19921DOI: 10.1353/sel.2012.0018Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84861746570OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-19921DiVA, id: diva2:533557
Available from: 2012-06-14 Created: 2012-06-14 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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