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What Is Pastoral?

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ISBN-10: 0226015173

ISBN-13: 9780226015170

Edition: 1996

Authors: Paul J. Alpers

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One of the enduring traditions of Western literary history, pastoral is often mischaracterized as a catchall for literature about rural themes and nature in general. In What Is Pastoral?, distinguished literary historian Paul Alpers argues that pastoral is based upon a fundamental fiction--that the lives of shepherds or other socially humble figures represent the lives of human beings in general. Ranging from Virgil's Eclogues to Sarah Orne Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs, from Shakespeare and Cervantes to Hardy and Frost, this work brings the story of the pastoral tradition, previously limited to classical and Renaissance literature, into the twentieth century. Pastoral reemerges…    
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 444
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Cited Works Prologue
Representative Anecdotes and Ideas of Pastoral
Mode and Genre
Pastoral Convention
Representative Shepherds
Pastoral Speakers
Pastoral Lyrics and Their Speakers
Modern Pastoral Lyricism
Pastoral Narration
Pastoral Novels