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2nd Edition

By Terry Gifford


232 pages

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Updated throughout, this new edition provides a clear and invaluable introduction to the study of pastoral. Terry Gifford traces the history of the genre from its classical origins through to contemporary writing and introduces the major writers and critical issues relating to pastoral. Gifford breaks the term down into three accessible concepts – pastoral, anti-pastoral, post-pastoral – and provides up-to-date examples from literature and film. New chapters explain the continuing tradition of georgic literature and the recent evolution of pastoral in their historical contexts. Pastoral is essential and engaging reading for students and academics alike.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author/Editor

Terry Gifford is Visiting Research Fellow at Bath Spa University’s Research Centre for Environmental Humanities and Senior Research Fellow at the Universidad de Alicante, Spain. He is author of Green Voices: Understanding Contemporary Nature Poetry and editor of Ted Hughes in Context.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

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:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

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.

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