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Thomas Nashe's anatomy of Venice in the unfortunate traveller or the life of Jack Wilton (1594): Utopia revisited

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Although most critics have focused on the overall negative aspect of Jack Wilton's Italian tour in The Unfortunate Traveller (1594), as suggested in the title of Thomas Nashe's prose fiction, the specificity of the narrator's Venetian adventures should be examined more closely. This paper argues that Thomas Nashe's representation of Venice needs to be reassessed in the context of Thomas More's Utopia and the question of the ideal commonwealth. Notwithstanding Nashe's reliance on pervasive irony, the author provides an image of the city-state which - thanks to a retrospective approach - puts the topic of alternative urban spaces in the early modern period into perspective.
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hal-04344844 , version 1 (14-12-2023)

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Anne Geoffroy. Thomas Nashe's anatomy of Venice in the unfortunate traveller or the life of Jack Wilton (1594): Utopia revisited. Moreana, 2010, 47 (Issue 181-182), pp.187 - 204. ⟨hal-04344844⟩

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