THIS POST IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF DAILY CONFERENCE RE-CAPS WRITTEN BY EARLY CAREER SCHOLARS ATTENDING THIS YEAR'S CONFERENCE.
By Matt Carter
Settle thy studies, Faustus, and begin / To sound the depth of that thou wilt profess
The day started with a groggy breakfast but ended with Kirk Melnikoff’s august opening address in the Schlosskirche—the very place where Luther “published” his 95 theses. The Eighth International Conference of The Marlowe Society of America kicked off today in high fashion, and, much like the decorative bosses on the historic church’s vaulting, each scholar’s unique perspective added flavor to our first-day endeavors.
Tuesday offered two concurrent panel sessions, plus the official welcome address. Having to choose which panel to attend is always difficult at large conferences, and I chose “Marlowe and Shakespeare” and “Tamburlaine Before Marlowe: Authorship, Reading, & The Book.” What follows responds primarily to these two panels, but rest assured, during a late-evening reception at the Lutherhaus Refektorium, scholars who attended the other two sessions had nothing but praise for the work of their colleagues.Read More