First published in 1971, this book explores the theme of the pastoral in literature and the way in which it adapts itself to various forms. It examines some of the ways in which it has manifested itself, such as ‘the golden age’, ‘Arcadia’, ‘Sparta’ and childhood, whilst also identifying the central and unchanging core of meaning in the pastoral convention.
General Editor’s Preface; 1. Perspectives on the Pastoral 2. The Golden Age 3. Arcadia and its Transformations 4. The Nearness of Sparta 5. The Retreat into Childhood 6. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
This set of 37 volumes is a revival of the original Critical Idiom series. First published between 1969 and 1979, the volumes in this series provide concise and accessible introductions to a range of critical terms which are key to the study of literature. This set will be a valuable resource for students working with complex literary terminology.