Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 14 October 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This article examines Thomas Nashe's relationship to the rich legacy of mid-Tudor vernacular literature. It asks: What were his ideas about style and authorship, and how do they relate to his assessments of the mid-Tudors? It presents a reading that illustrates Nashe as politic and pragmatic — whose concern that ‘Arte’ should not be ‘bankeroute of her ornaments’, nor ‘Poetry’ sent ‘a-begging up and down the Country’, is simultaneously a concern with his own authorial ethos and his employability in some service by those close to the Privy Council. It is a reading, however, that is plausible only for the Nashe who wrote The Anatomy of Absurdity, the Preface to Greene's Menaphon, and An Almond for a Parrot. The drying up of ecclesiastical patronage after 1592 encouraged Nashe to become the kind of writer that Philip Schwyzer has characterized as radically and even self-destructively experimental.

Keywords: vernacular literature, style, authorship, Thomas Nashe, Philip Schwyzer

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.