Thomas Nashe in Context

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byLorna Hutson

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Challenging the tendency to disparage Nashe's writing as the product of an eccentric sensibility and to explain his texts in journalistic terms more appropriate to modern commercial publishing, this work provides an entirely new interpretation of the economic context of sixteenth-centuryliterature. Lorna Hutson reveals hitherto overlooked links between humanist approaches to the literary text and the transformation of the English economy through humanist-inspired policies of ethical and social reform; from this context, Nashe's textual prodigality emerges as an assault upon thecontemporary impoverishment of literary activity caused by the political over-valuing of the printed word. Generic precedents turn out to be festive; each of Nashe's apparently unstructured pamphlets derives shaping energy from traditions of popular-festive mockery. The pamphlets bring an olderconception of seasonal prosperity into subversive dialogue with the newer discourse of provident individualism. For Nashe, stylistic experiment is shown to mean more than a choice of style; it is, rather, the expression of an intricate, socially engaged imagination.

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Challenging the tendency to disparage Nashe's writing as the product of an eccentric sensibility and to explain his texts in journalistic terms more appropriate to modern commercial publishing, this work provides an entirely new interpretation of the economic context of sixteenth-centuryliterature. Lorna Hutson reveals hitherto overloo...

Lorna Hutson is at University of London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:308 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198128762

ISBN - 13:9780198128762

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`Hutson's use of economic theory, most directly retailed in Chapter 4, proves a powerful search-light for illuminating a number of Nashe's works and is relevant beyond the confines of Nashe studies ... Much of Nashe's stylistic acrobatics may look on first acquaintance like mere entertainment,but at its best the style reflects a set of extreme convictions deeply held. We owe to this study a fresh insight into the nature of these convictions and the "context" to which they were the reaction.'Anglia