Emphasizing the significance of early modern prose fiction as a hybrid genre that absorbed cultural, ideological and historical strands of the age, this fascinating study brings together an outstanding cast of critics including: Sheila T. Cavanaugh, Stephen Guy-Bray, Mary Ellen Lamb, Joan Pong Linton, Steve Mentz, Constance C. Relihan, Goran V. Stanivukovic with an afterword from Arthur Kinney.
Each of the essays in this collection considers the reciprocal relation of early modern prose fiction to class distinctions, examining factors such as:
Early modern prose fiction had a huge impact on the social and economic fabric of the time, creating a new culture of reading and writing for pleasure which became accessible to those previously excluded from such activities, resulting in a significant challenge to existing class structures.
"Highly recommendable collection." - Anglia
1. Introduction: The Cultural Politics of Reading 2. Day Labor: Thomas Nashe and the Practice of Prose in Early Modern England 3. How to Turn Prose into Literature: the Case of Thomas Nashe 4. Fishwives’ Tales: narrative Agency, Female Subjectivity, and Telling Tales Out of School 5. English Renaissance Romances as Conduct Books for Young Men 6. Mildred, beloved of the Devil, and the Dangers of Excessive Consumption in Riche His Farewell to Militarie Profession 7. What Ish My Nation?: Lady Mary Wroth’s Interrogations of Personal and National Identity 8. Bully St. George: Richard Johnson’s Seven Champions of Christendom and the Creation of a Bourgeois National Hero 9. Counterfeiting Sovereignty, Mocking Mastery: Trickster Poetics and the Critique of Romance in Nashe's Unfortunate Traveler 10. Afterword 11. Works Cited