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June 28, 2011

First Journal Devoted To Christopher Marlowe Published by College of Arts and Sciences at IPFW

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  • First scholarly journal devoted to Christopher Marlowe published by IPFW
  • Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare
  • Marlowe Studies: An Annual is edited by IPFW Chapman Distinguished Professor of English M.L. Stapleton
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M.L. Stapleton, Chapman Distinguished Professor of English at IPFW, world-renowned Shakespearean scholar, and editor of Marlowe Studies: An Annual Print-quality image

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe (1564-93) has been dead for nearly 420 years, and now, for the first time ever, an exclusive venue for scholarly essays on his work is being published. M.L. Stapleton, the Chapman Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and a world-renowned Shakespearean scholar, is the editor of Marlowe Studies: An Annual. The inaugural issue is at press and is expected to be available in hard copy the week of July 4.

When asked why an annual scholarly journal devoted to Marlowe was to be published, Stapleton said it is an idea whose time has come. "Marlowe is the author of seven known plays, some translations, and two frequently-anthologized poems, Hero and Leander and "Come Live with Me and Be My Love." Though this is a relatively small body of work, it has garnered a great deal of recent interest in early modern studies."

Marlowe Studies: An Annual is designed to contain cutting-edge scholarly essays on the man who was born the same year as Shakespeare but died at the age of 29, just as he was reaching his prime. "The first issue, for example, features essays on Marlowe's most popular play, Doctor Faustus (the tragedy about the professor who sells his soul to the devil), on subjects such as the Reformation and the political dimensions of later publications of the text in seventeenth-century England; an extensive bibliography of works devoted to Marlowe published between 2000 and 2009; an analysis of Marlowe's use of prose in his plays; two important essays devoted to the burgeoning field of theatre history and Marlowe's plays; and a work of important scholarship that constitutes a significant bibliographical discovery, the date of the publication of a Marlowe play that had been hitherto unknown, since the title page of the text has no date. The scholar is an expert on paper, and how it was manufactured in sixteenth-century England. "This kind of thing is very exciting to scholars, like correctly attributing a painting to Michelangelo, or discovering that a fossil is much older than you thought it was," said Stapleton.

In the annual's inaugural issue, twelve scholars from the Untied States, Canada, and the United Kingdom are the contributors. After Stapleton and associate editor Sarah K. Scott, a professor in early modern studies at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., accept, submit for peer review, and finalize the content, Cathleen M. Carosella and her assistant Kendra Morris take over. "My assistant and I copyedit it to ensure that all aspects are clear for our readership. Beyond merely editing text, we check every citation and quotation and format the piece. I also prepare any images and tables submitted for inclusion. Once the authors have approved my copyediting, I set the articles into our publication template, and for this issue I also created the title page, set out the table of contents, Board of Editors, and other pages that will appear in each issue," noted Carosella. Carosella and Morris are the managing editor and editorial assistant, respectively, for IPFW's journal, Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History. The two have also built a website devoted to Marlowe Studies that is available for anyone to browse at marlowestudies.org.

Right now, the annual will only be available in hard copy; however, once the issue is published and registered with the Library of Congress, Carosella will begin negotiations to have the annual included on "...academic and other aggregated databases, such as those available through EBSCO and Thomson." Stapleton said he'd like to think the annual will be accessible to "...any literate person in our community, but our target audience is certainly academic, specifically those who specialize in early modern studies, for example Shakespeare, Milton, and Spenser, and, of course, those who love Marlowe."

For more information on Marlowe Studies: An Annual, contact Stapleton at 260-481-6772 or stapletm@ipfw.edu.

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