"The rich and exotic world of imperial conquest [as being in Tamburlaine] comes to rest 'as infinite riches in a little room’[as being in The Jew of Malta]. In this play more than any other, Marlowe demonstrated how charismatic characters like Barabas could transcend established boundaries of morality, religion and ethnicity." (Jerry Brotton, This Orient Isle- Elizabethan England and the Islamic World)

I couldn't figure the first sentence out exactly, can you paraphrase it generally?


It would help to see the parts before this. I can only guess that the writer waxes lyrical. The Jew of Malta came right after Tamburlaine, and in it Marlowe downshifts (comes to rest) from sweeping epic (the rich and exotic world of imperial conquest) to character study (little room).