Mathematics and Late Elizabethan Drama

  • Joseph Jarrett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 223-242

About this book


This book considers the influence that sixteenth-century and early seventeenth-century mathematical thinking exerted on the writing and production of popular drama between about 1587 and 1603. It concentrates upon six plays by five early modern dramatists: Tamburlaine, Part 1 (1587) and Tamburlaine, Part 2 (1587) by Christopher Marlowe; Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (1589) by Robert Greene; Old Fortunatus (1599) by Thomas Dekker; Hamlet (1600) by William Shakespeare; and The Tragedy of Hoffman (1603) by Henry Chettle. Each chapter analyses how the terms, concepts, and implications of contemporary mathematics impacted upon these plays’ vocabularies, forms, and aesthetic and dramaturgical effects and affects.


Literature and science Scientific Revolution Robert Greene Thomas Dekker William Shakespeare; Henry Chettle Christopher Marlowe

Authors and affiliations

  • Joseph Jarrett
    • 1
  1. 1.Magdalene CollegeUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-26565-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-26566-3
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