ERIC Number: ED402586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Textual Authority: The Rhetorical Politics of Thomas Nashe.
Dutcher, Violet A.
Through the voice of Thomas Nashe in "The Unfortunate Traveller," published in 1594, it is possible to see another side of the historical conflict between splintering Anabaptist groups and the state-operated church which controlled voice and thus literacy and literature during the Renaissance. The Anabaptist movement, forerunner of the Amish and Mennonites, did not originate solely out of theological discussion, but also out of the need for a new socioeconomic order. Ethnic roots and academic interests, particularly in literacy, came together in the question of how the surrounding society and its literature muzzled and silenced groups. In Nashe's era, it was impossible for a person to belong to an Anabaptist group and to be a member of the state church, with all the loyalties this membership endows. In this conflict of roles, or in ways of thinking, today it may be necessary to choose sides. Nashe uses metaphors to name the perpetual conflicts and how knowledge is constructed. Is there an ethical conflict between the role of Anabaptist, and other marginalized groups, and the role of loyal citizen/student of writing and literature? It is concluded that an individual can be both an Anabaptist and a composition student of writing with seeming ease. In the student role, research to understand writing, literature, and history can be undertaken, and, in the Anabaptist role, freedom of individual thought to express ideas and to interrogate literature can be exercised. (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
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