Beyond New Historicism: Marlowe's unnatural histories and the melancholy properties of the stage
The tradition of the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the minds of the living. 
There is no document of culture which is not at the same time a document of barbarism. And just as such a document is not free from barbarism, barbarism also taints the process of transmission ... 
Recent critical discussions of Elizabethan drama, above all of
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d lament generally see Wolfgang Clemen's neglected English Tragedy Before Shakespeare, trans. T.S.Dorsch (London, 1961), esp. ch. 14, `The Dramatic Lament and Its Forms', pp. 211-252; and ch. 15, `The Pre-Shakespearian Dramatic Lament', pp. 253-286.
 Roy W. Battenhouse, Marlowe's Tamburlaine: A Study in Renaissance Moral Philosophy (Vanderbilt, Nashville, 1941; revised edition 1964), p. 144.
 Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama, p. 132.
 Benjamin, pp. 170-1.
 Plotinus, The Six Enneads, trans. Stephen MacKenna & B.S.Page (Chicago, 1952), III.ii.15, p. 90