Nashe Conference July 2018

CfP: Thomas Nashe and his Contemporaries 12-14th July 2018, Newcastle University

“I sometimes feel that if I fully understood Nashe, I would understand the entire early modern period.” — Alan Stewart.



Speakers include: Laurie Maguire and Emma Smith (Oxford University), Perry Mills (King Edward VI School, Stratford), Aaron Pratt (Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas), Cathy Shrank (Sheffield University), Henry Woudhuysen (Oxford University)

Thirty years ago Thomas Nashe would have been described as an outlier of Elizabethan literature or redeemed as a postmodernist avant la lettre. More recently, critics have begun to understand Nashe as deeply enmeshed within early modern culture, an author who worked between patronage and the print shop, and who broadened the range of English literature by experimenting with different genres and media. We are also beginning to explore the variety of his networks and collaborations, including with Shakespeare and other Elizabethan dramatists. This conference invites contributions that help us to understand Nashe’s world – its friendships, enmities, collaborations – or that use Nashe to understand the early modern period.We are also interested in papers that explore how scholarly editions have contributed to our understanding of Nashe and his world, the practices to emulate, the pitfalls to avoid.

Proposals are invited for papers addressing (but not limited to) the following themes:


• Nashe and his fellow writers: Shakespeare, Jonson, Marlowe, Lyly, Greene, Harvey

• Nashe’s other collaborators: printers, patrons, censors

• Nashe and his editors/editions of Nashe

• The production, circulation and reception of printed ephemera

• Orality and performance: theatre, preaching, reading aloud

• Materiality, physicality and the Elizabethan grotesque

• Controversy, violence, misogyny

• Sources and allusions

• Nashe’s generic experimentations or indeterminacy

• Anonymous and collaborative authorship

• Posthumous reception: Nashe’s ghosts, the civil war, modernist Nashe

• Spaces: the city, university, the court, East Anglia, Europe

• Teaching Nashe and his peers in the 21st-century schoolroom


Abstracts (max 300 words) and a short biography with contact details should be sent to the conference organisers Professor Jennifer Richards and Dr Kate De Rycker at by 5pm Monday 15th January 2018.

The Nashe project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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