Marlowe Festival and Documentary

The Marlowe Festival 2022 (May 16-21 2022)

The Marlowe Festival took place over a week in Rheims and Paris in May 2022, celebrating and engage with the works, life, and legacy of the poet-dramatist Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593). The Festival featured live performances of Marlowe’s plays, two academic conferences, and a series of special events including walking tours, lectures, and site visits. From 16-18 May 2022, the Festival was housed in Rheims for an international conference themed around ‘Marlowe and the Topicality of Textual Encounters’. Next the Festival moved to Paris from 19-21 May 2022, for a second international conference marking and commemorating the 450th anniversary of the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre and included a live performance of a new French translation of Marlowe’s The Massacre At Paris: ‘Representations and Uses of the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, in Europe and Beyond (1572-2022)’. The Marlowe Festival was a collaboration between researchers from Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Sorbonne Université, and the University of Kent.

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Reims Programme

16 May 2022

Location: Campus Croix Rouge, Reims (10-15mn from the city centre by tram)

Amphithéâtre Recherche, bâtiment 13

14h00: accueil des participants / Opening of conference

14h15 : Ouverture du colloque / Welcome addresses

14h30-16h00  Panel Marlowe’s Histories

14h30-14h50: Lisa Hopkins, “Marlowe’s Game of Crowns”.

14h50-15h10: Joanne Hill, “Unreliable Allies in an Uncertain World: Warnings from History in Marlowe’s The Massacre at Paris”.

15h10-15h30: Line Cottegnies, “’Puzel or Pussel’: 1 Henry VI and Marlowe’s Anti-Catholic Polemic”

15h30-16h00: Discussion

16h00-17h00: Panel Translating Marlowe

Chair: Laetitia Sansonetti

Andrej Zavrl, “Marlowe’s Dissidence in Slovenian Translations”

Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise, Elen Riot and Christine Sukic, “A French Massacre? Translating Marlowe for the Stage”

Location: Comédie de Reims, petite salle: 5mn from campus by tram, 5 mn from city centre by tram/within walking distance from city centre

18h00-19h30: staged reading/ mise en espace, Le Massacre à Paris, par les élèves-comédiens de la Comédie de Reims, dirigée par Jean-François Auguste.

19h30 : Drinks / Apéritif

17 mai 2022

Location : Campus Croix Rouge

Amphithéâtre Recherche, bâtiment 13

9h15: accueil des participants

9h30-10h30 Panel Marlowe and Religion

Chair : Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise

9h30-9h50: Cristiano Ragni, “only to keep men in awe”: Marlowe and the Scriptures.

9h50-10h10: Diane E. Henderson, “Garnier’s Les Juives and Marlowe’s dramatization of religion: how many degrees of separation?”.

10h10-10h30: Discussion

10h30-10h45 Break

10h45-11h45: Roundtable Oxford Edition

Chair: Line Cottegnies

Rory Loughnane, Catherine Richardson, Sarah Dustagheer

12h00-13h45: Lunch on Campus/ Déjeuner au CROUS

14h00-15h30 Panel Text and Print

Chair: Rory Loughnane

14h00-14h20 Eoin Price, “ Reading Before Revival: Tamburlaine and the Temporality of Print and Performance”.

14h20-14h40 Andrew Duxfield, “‘O would I had never seen Wittenberg, never read book’: Marlowe and Textual Inefficacy”.

14h40-15h00 Catherine Lisak, “Marlowe, this insect”: Eulogies and the Dramatist’s Entomological Afterlives.

15h00-15h30: Discussion

15h30-16h35: Visualising Marlowe

Emily Guerry in conversation with Lorna May Wadsworth

16h35. Visit or Tour of the City Centre (Carnegie Library Tour /Cathedral)

19h30 or 20h00 : cocktail and dinner in town

18 mai 2022

Location : Amphithéâtre Recherche, bâtiment 13

8h45: Accueil des participants

9h00-10h30: Panel Marlowe’s Epistemologies

Chair : Ladan Niayesh

9h00-9h20: Rob Carson, “Marlowe and Montaigne”.

9h20-9h40: Mickaël Popelard, “Desire, knowledge and epistemic tension in Marlowe’s dramatic works”

9h40: 10h00: William M. Hamlin, « Repentance, Belief, and God-Language in Doctor Faustus: Montaignian Reflections. »

10h00-10h30: Discussion

10h30-10h45: Break


Early Career Marlowe Roundtable

Gwendoline Guy, “The Influence of University Plays on The Jew of Malta’s Plot Structure”

Emma Rose Kraus, « From Monarchs to Mad Women: Performing the Hysterias of Dido and Zabina”.

Jon Pinkerton, “Faustus’ Post-Restoration Topicality and Stationer(s)”.

Loretta Anna Jungbauer, “The Heroic Figure in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great, Parts One and Two”

12h15 : Lunch on campus/ Déjeuner au CROUS

Après-midi/ Afternoon


libre ou visite des caves Taittinger/ Tour of the Caves Taittinger

Departure from campus by bus, return to the centre of town around 4.

The visit (in English) lasts about an hour and starts with a video presentation about Taittinger Champagne, followed by a guided tour of the cellars (4th century- Gallo-Roman chalk quarries listed as UNESCO world Heritage sites, 13th century Saint Nicaise Abbey remains), with an explanation of how our Champagne is produced and a champagne tasting.