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Renaissance TransformationsThe Making of English Writing 1500-1650$
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Margaret Healy and Thomas Healy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638734

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638734.001.0001

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‘Not without Mustard’: Self-publicity and Polemic in Early Modern Literary London

‘Not without Mustard’: Self-publicity and Polemic in Early Modern Literary London

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(p.64) Chapter 4 ‘Not without Mustard’: Self-publicity and Polemic in Early Modern Literary London
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Renaissance Transformations
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Andrew Hadfield

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638734.003.0005

This chapter discusses how the developing rhetorical enthusiasm started by the Reformation polemic transferred into the larger public sphere of print. It studies the taste for aggressive styles of polemic, which was a technique adopted by literary writers in order to ensure the public's eagerness for their work. The chapter notes that risk taking, such as the creation and manipulation of a scandal, was a key feature of a developing popular print culture. The discussion takes a closer look at the Harvey–Nashe quarrel and demonstrates how the disputational nature of religious argument was situated in the realm of literature, leading to state and church censure.

Keywords:   Reformation polemic, literary writers, scandal, popular print culture, Harvey–Nashe quarrel, disputational nature, religious argument, censure, rhetorical enthusiasm

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