Thomas Nashe and literary performance

Edited by Chloe Kathleen Preedy and Rachel Willie

Thomas Nashe and literary performance
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  • ISBN: 9781526149466
  • Publish Date: Jul 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    As an instigator of debate and a defender of tradition, a man of letters and a popular hack, a writer of erotica and a spokesman for bishops, an urbane metropolitan and a celebrant of local custom, the various textual performances of Thomas Nashe have elicited, and continue to provoke, a range of contradictory reactions. Nashe's often incongruous authorial characteristics suggest that, as a 'King of Pages', he not only courted controversy but also deliberately cultivated a variety of public personae, acquiring a reputation more slippery than the herrings he celebrated in print. Collectively, the essays in this book illustrate how Nashe excelled at textual performance but his personae became a contested site as readers actively participated and engaged in the reception of Nashe's public image and his works.


    A note on dating and spelling
    Introduction: Why Nashe? Why now? - Chloe Kathleen Preedy and Rachel Willie
    1 'Frisking. aloft': The pneumatic spirits of Thomas Nashe's 'paper stage' - Chloe Kathleen Preedy
    2 A flood in a furrow: Nashe, news, and monstrous topicality - Kirsty Rolfe
    3 Textual superficiality and surface reading in Nashe's prose - Douglas Clark
    4 'When prints are set on work, with Greens & Nashes': Nashe's 'popularity' revisited - Lena Liapi
    5 Thomas Nashe and his terrors of the afterlife - Chris Salamone
    6 Thomas Nashe and the virtual community of English writers - Kate De Rycker
    7 Thomas Nashe beyond the grave - Rachel Willie
    Afterword - Jennifer Richards


    Chloe Kathleen Preedy is Associate Professor in Early Modern Drama at the University of Exeter
    Rachel Willie is Reader in Early Modern Literary Studies at Liverpool John Moores University

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