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Pastoral (The New Critical Idiom)

Pastoral (The New Critical Idiom)
Author: Terry Gifford
ISBN 13: 9780415147330
ISBN 10: 415147336
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 1999-10-03
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $24.95

Pastoral is a succinct and up-to-date introductory text to the history, major writers and critical issues of this genre. Terry Gifford clarifies the different uses of pastoral covering:

• the history of the genre from its classical origins to Elizabethan drama, through eighteenth-century pastoral poetry to contemporary American nature writing

• the pastoral impulse of retreat and return, beginning with constructions of Arcadia and using a combination of close reading of quoted texts, cultural studies and eco-criticism

• post-pastoral texts with a look at writers, who Gifford argues, have discovered ways of reconnecting us with our natural environment.