The current surge of interest in the Elizabethan poet, dramatist, prose-writer and critic, Thomas Nashe, follows years of neglect or undisguised hostility.
Yet, as early allusions testify, Nashe was a name which imposed itself on contemporary culture.
Nashe annoyed and even disturbed his contemporaries, but they certainly paid attention to him because he pioneered new approaches to writing, and indeed to living, and because he was an astute critic.
The essays in this volume have been chosen for the skill with which they present diverse approaches to key issues in Nashe.
All Nashe's texts are covered, as are his relationships with contemporaries, like Shakespeare.
The introduction analyses different approaches, locating them in the history of Nashe criticism, and suggests areas for future research.
It argues that Nashe's importance to Renaissance studies lies in his anomalousness, as he forces us to rethink the Renaissance.
He makes the Renaissance unfamiliar again, and pushes criticism out of its comfort zone.