Day School: Kit Marlowe of Canterbury - Dramatist and Spy

Ref: C3744324

Marlowe's father was a shoemaker in Canterbury and his son Christopher was spotted as gifted and given a place at the King's School Canterbury and then funded for six years at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he wrote poetry and plays and supplemented his income by spying for the Privy Council, who intervened to ensure he received his MA after attendance irregularity due to his being on government service abroad. This day school will discuss Marlowe's huge literary achievements and role in the exciting new professional Elizabethan theatre and particularly discuss two of his plays 'Dr Faustus' & 'Edward the Second. We'll also explore the evidence for his spying activities and controversial death. Dr Geoff Doel has a literary PhD & is a life member of the Marlowe Society. He is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Canterbury Christ Church.

Course aim

To explore Marlowe's links with Canterbury & Kent and his exciting dual roles as leading Elizabethan playright & spy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • discuss Marlowe's poetic & dramatic achievements
  • discuss the evidence for Marlowe's spying activities
  • discuss Marlowe's link with Canterbury
  • discuss the evidence concerning Marlowe's death at Deptford

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • this day school will operate through lectures & class discussion plus some audio-visual material

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • You may wish to read 'Dr Faustus' & 'Edward the Second' in advance, but this is not essential

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You may wish to read 'Dr Faustus' & 'Edward the Second' in advance and research Marlowe online, but this is not essential. The chief biography is by Park Honan.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: Kit Marlowe of Canterbury - Dramatist and Spy

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