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“A whole booke of his Retractations”: Thomas Nashe’s Christs Teares over Jerusalem and the Augustinian Narrative of Conversion
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2469-6431
2017 (English)In: The Mimesis of Change: Conversion and Peripety in Life Stories, 2017Conference 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.

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2017.
Keywords [en]
Thomas Nashe, Christs Teares over Jerusalem, Elizabethan literature, early modern literature, conversion narratives, St. Augustine
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Languages and Literature
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Humanities, Comparative literature; Humanities, English literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-62547OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-62547DiVA, id: diva2:1089915
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The Mimesis of Change. Conversion and Peripety in Life Stories
Available from: 2017-04-21 Created: 2017-04-21 Last updated: 2018-03-19Bibliographically approved

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