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Sivefors, P. (2017). “A whole booke of his Retractations”: Thomas Nashe’s Christs Teares over Jerusalem and the Augustinian Narrative of Conversion. In: : . Paper presented at The Mimesis of Change. Conversion and Peripety in Life Stories. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“A whole booke of his Retractations”: Thomas Nashe’s Christs Teares over Jerusalem and the Augustinian Narrative of Conversion
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper suggests that Thomas Nashe’s religious pamphlet Christs Teares over Jerusalem (1593) draws on an Augustinian narrative of religious conversion. Long regarded as an anomaly in Nashe’s otherwise secular output, Christs Teares was offered to the pious Lady Elizabeth Carey, and Nashe arguably adopted elements of Augustine – including direct references and similarities of tone and narration – in his work in order to find patronage from the Carey household. In terms of life-writing, Nashe’s self-presentation in the pamphlet is intensely bound up with the events of his own life, and the book as a whole is offered as an extended piece of repentance in the wake of Nashe’s much-publicized conflict with Gabriel Harvey in the 1590s. Thus, Christs Teares is also configured by Nashe as “the Teares of my penne” – a narrative of conversion that draws deliberate parallels between Augustine, the “young man puft vppe with the Ambition of that tyme”, and Nashe’s own biography.

Keyword
Thomas Nashe, Christs Teares over Jerusalem, Elizabethan literature, early modern literature, conversion narratives, St. Augustine
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature; Humanities, English literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-62547 (URN)
Conference
The Mimesis of Change. Conversion and Peripety in Life Stories
Available from: 2017-04-21 Created: 2017-04-21 Last updated: 2017-11-13
Sivefors, P. (2017). Anachronism as Aesthetic Device in Elizabethan Satire. In: Kingston Shakespeare Seminar : Shakespearean Anachronism Conference: Saturday, February 18, 2017 Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames. Paper presented at Kingston Shakespeare Seminar : Shakespearean Anachronism Conference : Saturday, February 18, 2017 Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Anachronism as Aesthetic Device in Elizabethan Satire
2017 (English)In: Kingston Shakespeare Seminar : Shakespearean Anachronism Conference: Saturday, February 18, 2017 Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Largely ignored by theorists of satire, anachronism as a narrative and thematic device becomes particularly relevant to understand English satire produced during the 1590s and early 1600s. While generally building on principles of Verfremdung, satire would develop in the Elizabethan period to embrace anachronism as a way of delimiting its own contemporary world. In the writings of John Marston, Joseph Hall, Donne and others, the obscurity of allusions is highlighted by the insistent use of Latinate names as well as Roman terms, practices and objects. From a reader’s point of view such anachronisms of satirical writing become a means of signalling both inclusion (in the select group who might understand the references) and exclusion (since anyone claiming to understand the references would also be implied to be, in Marston’s words, a ”lewd Censurer”). Thus, rather than mere ’imitation’ or a straightforward means to the end of displaying classical learning, anachronism is a crucial modus operandi of Elizabethan satire, one that simultaneously transcended and perpetuated the distance from the literary past.  

Keyword
anachronism, satire, Elizabethan literature, early modern poetry, John Marston, Joseph Hall
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60754 (URN)
Conference
Kingston Shakespeare Seminar : Shakespearean Anachronism Conference : Saturday, February 18, 2017 Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-02616
Available from: 2017-02-19 Created: 2017-02-19 Last updated: 2017-02-27Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2017). “Didone regina di Cartagine” di Christopher Marlowe : Metamorfosi virgiliane nel Cinquecento. Antonio Ziosi, ed. and trans: Lingue e Letterature Carocci 202 ; Centro Studi : La permanenza del Classico 29. Rome : Carocci editore, 2015. 358 pp. €29. [Review]. Renaissance quarterly, 70(1), 412-414.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Didone regina di Cartagine” di Christopher Marlowe : Metamorfosi virgiliane nel Cinquecento. Antonio Ziosi, ed. and trans: Lingue e Letterature Carocci 202 ; Centro Studi : La permanenza del Classico 29. Rome : Carocci editore, 2015. 358 pp. €29.
2017 (English)In: Renaissance quarterly, ISSN 0034-4338, E-ISSN 1935-0236, Vol. 70, no 1, p. 412-414Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017
Keyword
Christopher Marlowe, Dido Queene of Carthage, translation, early modern literature, Elizabethan drama
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61290 (URN)10.1086/691951 (DOI)000395774100124 ()
Available from: 2017-03-10 Created: 2017-03-10 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Price, E., Sivefors, P., Sharrett, E., Smith, H. F. & Whitehead, C. (2017). Renaissance Drama: Excluding Shakespeare. Year's Work in English Studies, 96(1), 466-503.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Renaissance Drama: Excluding Shakespeare
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2017 (English)In: Year's Work in English Studies, ISSN 0084-4144, E-ISSN 1471-6801, Vol. 96, no 1, p. 466-503Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Keyword
Christopher Marlowe, criticism during 2015
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68116 (URN)10.1093/ywes/max009 (DOI)
Note

A survey of criticism on Renaissance drama.

Available from: 2017-09-28 Created: 2017-09-28 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2017). Satir, ekfras och enargeia: Visualisering hos John Marston och Thomas Lodge. In: Jahn Holljen Thon, Andreas G. Lombnæs (Ed.), Medier, historie og mening: Studier i kulturelle formidlingsformer (pp. 55-68). Oslo: Portal forlag.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Satir, ekfras och enargeia: Visualisering hos John Marston och Thomas Lodge
2017 (Swedish)In: Medier, historie og mening: Studier i kulturelle formidlingsformer / [ed] Jahn Holljen Thon, Andreas G. Lombnæs, Oslo: Portal forlag, 2017, p. 55-68Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Portal forlag, 2017
Keyword
Satir, visualisering, renässanslitteratur, elisabetansk litteratur, tidigmodern litteratur, John Marston, Thomas Lodge
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61112 (URN)9788283141139 (ISBN)
Projects
Satir och maskulinitet i tidigmodern engelsk litteratur, 1590 – 1603
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-02616
Available from: 2017-03-06 Created: 2017-03-06 Last updated: 2017-04-19Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2017). “Some sacred rage warmes all my vaines”: The Aesthetics of Viscerality in Sixteenth-Century Satire. In: : . Paper presented at Aesthetic Experience in Early Modern Cultures (The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Stockholm). .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Some sacred rage warmes all my vaines”: The Aesthetics of Viscerality in Sixteenth-Century Satire
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the early modern period, the experience of satire – of both reading and writing it – was commonly described in bodily terms. Elizabethan satire was no exception and a verse satirist like John Marston could have his persona declare that he “bristle[s] vp with plumes of pride” over critical responses. While theories of humors and passions provided early modern writers had a comprehensive vocabulary for describing the experience of art and literature in physiological terms, satire particularly stands out because the writing and reading of it was commonly referred to in terms of physical immoderation (aggressiveness, but also e.g. sexual pleasure). Stoicism in this regard presented a philosophical corrective to several Elizabethan satirists, but their relation to this tradition was ambivalent at best. What remains clear, and as this paper suggests, criticism of satire needs to be more attentive to the physiological dimension of early modern aesthetic experience. Thus, the paper contributes to how ”affect” and ”embodiment” can be contextualized from the point of view of early modern aesthetic practice.

Keyword
early modern satire, aesthetics, aesthetic experience, embodiment, Elizabethan poetry
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68502 (URN)
Conference
Aesthetic Experience in Early Modern Cultures (The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Stockholm)
Projects
Satir och maskulinitet i tidigmodern engelsk litteratur, 1590-1603
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-02616
Available from: 2017-10-30 Created: 2017-10-30 Last updated: 2018-01-22
Sivefors, P. (2016). Committing Authorship: Thomas Nashe and the Engaged Reader. Etudes episteme (29), 1-13.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Committing Authorship: Thomas Nashe and the Engaged Reader
2016 (English)In: Etudes episteme, ISSN 1634-0450, E-ISSN 1634-0450, no 29, p. 1-13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Criticism on Thomas Nashe has been notoriously preoccupied with the idea that he had nothing to say. While recent analyses have shown that his works in fact do say lots of specific things about the literary culture of his time, Nashe’s peculiar form and style remain at the centre of attention. This essay suggests that Nashe’s preoccupation with style is also what invokes a sense of commitment in his readers; by their use of the author’s persona and their often baffling narration, Nashe’s works also force the reader to consider questions of what literature is, why we read it and who has control over it. In other words, the repeated admissions of incompetence and narrative digressions have the result of engaging the readers in exercising their judgement and deliberating on aspects of style, narrative and, generally, what literature is.

Keyword
Thomas Nashe, authorship, commitment in literature, Elizabethan literature
National Category
General Literature Studies Specific Languages
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54651 (URN)
Available from: 2016-07-16 Created: 2016-07-16 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2016). Lisping Amorists and snaphaunce satirists: Satire, Immoderation and the Bishops' Ban of 1599. In: Presented at New Perspectives on Censorship in Early Modern England: Politics, Literature and Religion: 1-3 December 2016. Paper presented at New Perspectives on Censorship in Early Modern England : Politics, Literature and Religion, 1-3 December 2016. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lisping Amorists and snaphaunce satirists: Satire, Immoderation and the Bishops' Ban of 1599
2016 (English)In: Presented at New Perspectives on Censorship in Early Modern England: Politics, Literature and Religion: 1-3 December 2016, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keyword
censorship, early modern literature, Elizabethan satire, immoderation, Bishops Ban
National Category
Specific Literatures General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58637 (URN)
Conference
New Perspectives on Censorship in Early Modern England : Politics, Literature and Religion, 1-3 December 2016
Available from: 2016-12-05 Created: 2016-12-05 Last updated: 2017-04-19Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2016). Prayer and Authorship in Thomas Nashe’s Christs Teares over Jerusalem. English, 65(250), 267-279.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Prayer and Authorship in Thomas Nashe’s Christs Teares over Jerusalem
2016 (English)In: English, ISSN 0013-8215, E-ISSN 1756-1124, Vol. 65, no 250, p. 267-279Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses Thomas Nashe’s longest and perhaps most frequently misread work, the religious pamphlet Christs Teares over Jerusalem. While criticism used to dismiss this text as either an aesthetic failure or consider it a hoax, the present analysis situates Christs Teares in the context of Nashe’s self-projection as an author. In doing so, it links the religious fervour and frequent instances of prayer in the text as a way for Nashe to position himself in relation to his patron and his audience. Drawing on the intermingling secular and religious meanings of prayer in Nashe’s time, the article suggests that prayer is predominantly configured as petition in Christs Teares and as such it provides Nashe with a position of dejection and humility that at the same time is a source of empowerment. In other words, the article proposes that the religious tone of the work should not be seen as an anomaly but rather a strategy that is integral to Nashe’s authorial persona as represented in Christs Teares and elsewhere.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2016
Keyword
Thomas Nashe, Elizabethan literature, prayer, authorship, Christs Teares over Jerusalem
National Category
General Literature Studies Specific Languages
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57774 (URN)10.1093/english/efw031 (DOI)000392919500006 ()2-s2.0-85016112049 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2016). Satyrs, Prototypes and Emulation: Creating Past and Present in English Satire of the 1590s. In: Presented at Renaissance Prototypes : Conference at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters: . Paper presented at Renaissance Prototypes: Conference at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Satyrs, Prototypes and Emulation: Creating Past and Present in English Satire of the 1590s
2016 (English)In: Presented at Renaissance Prototypes : Conference at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The present paper examines the complex interplay between classical prototype and early modern practice in that most metamorphic  type of writing: satire. Variously labeled a “mode” and a “genre” by modern critics, satire as produced in late Elizabethan and Jacobean England is indebted to well known classical role models such as Juvenal, Horace and Persius; yet it also stretches across other forms of writing such as drama, and distinctions such as that between “formal” and “Menippean” satire are only partly valid when mapping the complexities of satire evinced in for example well known poets such as Donne and Jonson, but also in the vogue for satirical literature in the 1590s as represented by for example John Marston, Joseph Hall and Thomas Nashe. While these authors have often been dismissed using adjectives like “marginal”, they were widely read in their own time, and Hall even claimed (mistakenly) to be the first satirist in the English language. Thus, the myth of a satirical “beginning” in the English Renaissance opens up a broad discussion on canonicity, origin and projected future – all too neglected in the discussion of a mode of writing that has received renewed attention in the wake of recent political and medial development. Satire, in short, offers provocative ways of considering both the past of the Renaissance and the Renaissance as past.

Keyword
satire, prototypes, emulation, early modern literature, masculinity, John Marston, John Donne, Everard Guilpin, Joseph Hall
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57030 (URN)
Conference
Renaissance Prototypes: Conference at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04 Last updated: 2017-04-19Bibliographically approved
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Identifiers
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