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Thomas Nashe in Context (Oxford English Monographs Series)

Thomas Nashe in Context (Oxford English Monographs Series)

by Lorna Hutson, Hutson


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Offering an entirely new interpretation of the economic context of 16th-century literature, this book challenges the tendency to explain Nashe's texts in journalistic and commercial terms. Hutson reveals a previously overlooked link between humanist approaches to the literary text and the social and ethical transformation of the English economy. She blames lack of literary activity in general on the political emphasis and value placed on the printed word, and demonstrates that Nashe's work was the result of an intricate, socially engaged imagination rather than an eccentric sensibility.

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ISBN-13: 9780198128762
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/28/1989
Series: Oxford English Monographs Series
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.63(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

University of London

Table of Contents

Checklist of Nashe's Writingsxii
Introduction: Critical Contexts1
Part IThe Contexts
1.Consuming Resources: Literature in Economic Context, 1558-159215
2.The Profitable Discourse of the Elizabethans38
3.Publication: Credit and Profit55
4.Festivity and Productivity72
5.Nashe and Popular Festive Pastime100
6.Nashe's Literary Theory120
7.Nashe, Mock-Testament, and Menippean Dialogue127
Part IIThe Texts
8.Wasting Time in Summers Last Will and Testament155
9.Pierce Penilesse, the Bankrupt's Carnival172
10.Gabriel Harvey and the Politics of Publication197
11.Credit for the Page of The Unfortunate Traveller215
12.Patronage as the Red Herring of Lenten Stuffe245
Works Cited269

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