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:
'It is time to evaluate the works of literature and the environment using Gifford's powerful terms.' - Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
'A helpful guide to achieving some clarity around the terminology and the issues, and to formulating one's own response to the 'pastoral' in literature a good introduction to an important subject.' - Debjani Chatterjee, Writing in Education
'A good introduction to the contentious nature of the ideology of pastoral.' - Mr Salter, Huntingdonshire Regional College
'an innovative, vividly argued introduction to 'pastoral'' - Nicholas D. Smith, Essays in Criticism
1. Three kinds of pastoral 2 Constructions of arcadia 3. The dsicourse of retreat 4. The cultural contexts of return 5. The anti-pastoral tradition 6. Post-pastoral
The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:
With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.