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This review is from: The Unfortunate Traveller and Other Works (English Library) (Paperback)
Thomas Nashe was one of the `university wits' of the late sixteenth century and was at Cambridge from c.1581-1588 where he would have known Christopher Marlowe and, possibly, John Donne. He is supposed to have collaborated with Marlowe on his Dido, Queen of Carthage though it is impossible now for us to identify his contributions.
This collection does justice to the wide range of his writings from the picaresque prose work that gives this its title to the actually very dirty and quasi-pornographic The Choice of Valentines.
Far less well know outside academic circles than his peers and friends, Nashe is just one of the Elizabethan writers who has been pushed aside for the more canonical writers but is well worth discovering. The Penguin edition is a good sample of this fascinating, funny, bawdy and entertaining writer - who also reveals serious issues about the Elizabethan way of thinking, not least about gender distribution.
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Initial post: 2 Jul 2013 19:44:01 BDT
Gender distribution? What po-faced poppycock. What entitles us to judge Elizabethans by such ersatz excuses for true thinking?
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2013 09:01:16 BDT
Roman Clodia says:
Er, "judge"? Where is there any judging in this review?
You might not consider gender categories valuable terms of analysis, but plenty of 'Elizabethan' texts do: Hero & Leander, for one, and Nashe's Choice of Valentines contained in this book.
And Elizabeth herself as a woman in a culture where monarchy and authority are equated with masculinity promps a contemporary engagement with gender issues.
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