Monthly Archives: January 2013

That’s not an epistle… – Thomas Nashe and Elizabethan Open Access

Following my previous post about paratexts, I have been thinking recently about Thomas Nashe’s Have with you to Saffron-Walden (1596), and the way in which that pamphlet plays with the expectation of authorisation in prefatory material.  Have with you is part of the ongoing literary feud of the 1590s between Nashe and Richard and Gabriel Harvey – a […]

Paratexts and/as posters

A recent call for papers for the Early Modern Paratexts conference at the University of Bristol has set me thinking about the way paratexts work in my own research area.  Gerard Genette, whose 1987 work offers a seminal theoretical engagement with paratexts, defines it in usefully broad terms as more than a boundary or a […]

Ben Jonson’s Alternative Comedy

I have always found Ben Jonson’s humour strikingly modern.  Where a lot of other early modern comedies prove entertaining, elaborate, or surprising, Jonson’s are often actually funny.  Ushering in the modern age, with its swelling urban population and glut of commodities, perhaps the worlds of Jonson’s work are close enough to our own still to seem […]