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Pastoral (The New Critical Idiom)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0415147336, Paperback)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.
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