Thomas Nashe and his Contemporaries

Event Date: 
12 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2018



Newcastle University

Conference Website


'Nashe's Network' created using the Six Degrees of Francis Bacon's mapping function

“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.



(Preliminary programme)

Plenaries and panels will all be in lecture theatre G.05 (ground floor).

Coffee and lunch will be served in the Percy building foyer.

Thursday 12th July:

13.00: Arrival and welcome

13.20-14.20: Cathy Shrank (Sheffield University) “Nashe’s Voices”

14.20-15.50: Panel 1. Performing Nashe

   Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton) “Theatrical Nashe”

   Callan Davies (University of Roehampton) “Enter Martin: playhouse performance culture and the Marprelate pamphlets”

   Jennifer L. Andersen (California State University) “Folk hero, anti-hero, mock hero? Sixteenth-century mythographies about Thomas Nashe”

15.50-16.20: Coffee

16.20-17.50: Panel 2. Paratexts

   Florence Hazrat (University of Geneva) “‘Creatures to the pen and distinctions to pronounce by’: How to Read Brackets in Renaissance Prose”

   Amy Lidster (Kings College London) “Thomas Nashe and his ‘toys for private Gentlemen’: Reassessing textual patronage through printed paratexts”

   Caralyn Bialo (Manhattanville College) “‘Hasting to the Second Impression’: The Printing of Pierce Penniless

Short Break

18.00-19.00: Panel 3. Authorship attribution

   Darren Freebury-Jones (Cardiff University)“Searching for Thomas Nashe in Dido, Queen of Carthage

   Brett Greatley-Hirsch (University of Leeds) and Rachel White (Newcastle University) “Doubting Thomas: Testing for Authorship in the Nashe Dubia”

19.20: Themed cocktails at Bealim House (17-25 Gallowgate)


Friday 13th July:

9.00-10.00: Laurie Maguire and Emma Smith (Oxford University) “Dido and Dildos”

10.00-11.30: Panel 4. Reading Nashe and his contemporaries

   Neil Rhodes (University of St Andrews) “Nashe, Spenser, and the Literary Scene in 1600: A Student’s Guide”

   Kyle DiRoberto (University of Arizona) “Nashe and the Homer of Women”

   Louise Wilson (Liverpool Hope University) “Frame narratives, domestic reading, and early modern prose fiction.”

11.30-11.50: Coffee

11.50-13.20: Panel 5. The grudge match: Nashe v. Harvey

   Eric Vivier (Mississipi State University) “A Couple of Beggars: Gabriel Harvey, Thomas Nashe, and the Satirical Production of Similarity”

   Anna Reynolds (University of York) “‘Wast paper’ and ‘the winding-sheete of Obliuion’: Nashe’s and Harvey’s Paper Sheets”

   Esther Osorio Whewell (Cambridge University) ‘Having their inke and vomiting it’: Nashe, Harvey, and the hypocrisies of profitable literary economics”

13.20-14.20: Lunch

14.20-15.20: Perry Mills (King Edward VI School) “Catches by the Fire’s Side”

Short Break

15.30-17.00 Panel 5. The Stage

   Jeanne McCarthy (Georgia Gwinnett College) “Nashe and the Children’s Playing Tradition”

   Bob Hornback (Oglethorpe University) “What did Dick Tarlton do, and why are people saying such horrible things about him?”

   Stephen Longstaffe (Independent scholar) “'One fool presents another': Nashe's use of Will Summers in Summers Last Will and Testament

17.00-17.30: Coffee

17.30-19.00: Panel 7. Liminal identities

   Chris Salamone (Oxford University) “‘I live as their evil Angel, to haunt them world without end’: Nashe’s Terrors of the Afterlife”

   Nicole Menell (University of Sussex) “‘bring all hounds, and no bandogges’: An Alternative Context for The Isle of Dogs

   Nora Rowland (New York University) “A Rogue Press ‘if your horse be not too weak’: Anti-Martins, Subversion, and the Subject of Identity”

19.15: Conference dinner with herring amuse-bouche at McKenna's (Northern Stage, Barras Bridge)


Saturday 14th July

9.00-10.00: Henry Woudhuysen (Oxford University)"'Setting a Standard in English Editing': R.B. McKerrow's 'four large volumes, staid and green'"

10.00-11.00: Panel 8. Unfortunate travels and Englishness

   Laetitia Sansonetti (University of Paris Nanterre) “The Unfortunate Traveller: Nashe’s Tale of Polyglot Authority”

   Tom Harrison (Newcastle University) “Mapping Identities: Self and Nationhood in Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller and the Anonymous ‘Foot Voyage’”

11.00-11.30: Coffee

11.30-13.00: Panel 9. Nashean inflation

   Chris Stamatakis (University College London) “‘My puft vp phrase’: Thomas Nashe and inflation”

   Rebecca Hasler (University of St Andrews) “‘I joy to heare thou hast so profited in gibridge’: Nashe and the profitability of pamphleteering”

   Emily Rowe (Newcastle University) “‘To distill gold out of ink’: Nashe’s economic prose”

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.00: Roundtable: the new Thomas Nashe edition


To find out more about the Thomas Nashe Project, please visit our website at: or follow us on twitter: @nashe_thomas


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

Submission date for papers: 
15 Jan 2018