statesman news service
SILIGURI, 25 JUNE: The four-day 7th International Marlowe Conference organised by the Marlowe Society of America has begun today in Staunton, Virginia (USA).
The ongoing conference, a prestigious literary event of the decade, has drawn Marlowe lovers, both scholars and students alike, from all corners of the globe. Held after every five years in different countries (the last one held in Cambridge, UK), the Marlowe Conference primarily purports to review and rediscover the ‘Muse’s darling’ in the backdrop of the 21st century&’s evolving Marlowe scholarship.
“That Marlowe’s writings still resonate even among the present-day generation nearly 450 years after his birth is demonstrated by the enthusiastic global participation in the international Marlowe meet,” said Dr Suhash Kumar Roy Moulick, a retired Professor of English, University of North Bengal. He is the lone South Asian invited at the Marlowe congregation. “However, I could not make it to this global meet for personal reasons,” he added.
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), England&’s first great poet-playwright, is still hailed as the finest child of the English Renaissance at its height.
His works have been considered down the ages not only "for their own sake" but also "as a landmark upon the way to Shakespeare’s (Harry Levin). Although Francis Meres in "Palladis Tamia" (1598) remained conspicuously silent over Marlowe’s classical connection as contrasted with his full-throated appreciation of Shakespeare’s Ovidianism, he was not slow to recognise Marlowe’s worth as an ‘excellent’ poet and went on to number him ‘among our best for tragedy’. In fact, Marlowe, more eminently Latinate than Shakespeare, built, on a solid foundation, a magnificent porch to the temple that Shakespeare erected later.