Pastoral and the Humanities: Arcadia Re-inscribed

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Mathilde Skoie, Sonia Bj¸rnstad-Velázquez
Bristol Phoenix Press, 2006 - 184 pages
Though pastoral seems from its outset to have held the seeds of its own demise (Virgil's tenth Eclogue contemplates the irrelevance of poetry in an increasingly violent world) it has remained curiously persistent as a concept which, according to Empson, 'put(s) the complex into the simple'. Each essay in this carefully selected collection on the uses and abuses of the pastoral genre addresses pastoral as a critical concept from different disciplinary perspectives. The book is firmly rooted in pastoral's classical origins but pioneers the way forward for future study of the pastoral genre. It contains contributions from top international scholars in the field including Paul Alpers and T.K. Hubbard.
 

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Contents

PostPastoral as a Tool for Ecocriticism
14
The Philoctetes Problem and the Poetics of Pastoral
27
Aesthetics and Ethics of Poikilia in Longus Daphnis and Chloe
42
Pastoral in Tony Harrisons Elegy
53
Allegory Fiction Reality of Pastoral Games
65
Foucault Guevara and the Complexities
78
Inscribing Dialogue in Pastoral Poetics and Criticism
89
Longus Daphnis and Chloe
101
Agonistic Poetics in Virgils Third Eclogue
107
Ecological or Echological? On the Pastoral Mode
117
The Concert Champêtre and the Poetics of Dispossession
126
Notes
147
Bibliography
168
Index
179
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About the author (2006)

Mathilde Skoie is post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Classical and Romance Studies, University of Oslo; Sonia Bj¸rnstad-Velázquez is doctoral fellow in the Department of Spanish Literatures and Cultures at Princeton University.

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