Pastoral and the Humanities

Arcadia Re-inscribed

Edited by Mathilde Skoie and Sonia Bjornstad-Velasquez

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ISBN: 9781904675587

Publication: December 8, 2006

Series: Bristol Phoenix Press Edited Volumes

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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.

Mathilde Skoie is post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Classical and Romance Studies, University of Oslo.

Sonia Bjørnstad-Velázquez is doctoral fellow in the Department of Spanish Literatures and Cultures at Princeton University.

List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors Introduction: Re-inscribing Pastoral in the Humanities - Mathilde Skoie and Sonia Bjørnstad Velázquez xi Part I: Pastoral Perspectives 1. ‘Using Green Words’ or ‘Abusing Bucolic Ground’ - Timothy Saunders 2. Post-Pastoral as a Tool for Ecocriticism - Terry Gifford Part II: Pastoral Responsibilities 3. ‘The Philoctetes Problem’ and the Poetics of Pastoral - Paul Alpers 4. Aesthetics and Ethics of Poikilia in Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe - Michel Briand 5. ‘Still under that hawthorn!’: Pastoral in Tony Harrison’s Elegy in an Urban Graveyard - Juan Christian Pellicer Part III: Pastoral Practices: The Worlds in and out of Arcadia 6. Playing Shepherd: Allegory, Fiction, Reality of Pastoral Games - Françoise Lavocat 7. Care of the Self: Foucault, Guevara, and the Complexities of Courtly and Country Life - Luis F. Avilés Part IV: Pastoral Dialogues: Literal and Literary 8. Inscribing Dialogue in Pastoral Poetics and Criticism - Brian W. Breed 9. The Pipe That Can Imitate All Pipes: Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe and the Intertextual Polyphony of Pastoral Music - Thomas K. Hubbard 10. Agonistic Poetics in Virgil’s Third Eclogue - Andromache Karanika Part V: Pastoral Resoundings 11. Eco-logical or Echo-logical? On the Pastoral Mode in Malcolm Lowry’s ‘The Forest Path to the Spring’ - Henrik Otterberg 12. The Concert Champêtre and the Poetics of Dispossession - Jonathan Unglaub Notes Bibliography Index

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

240 Pages

ISBN: 9781904675587

Publication: December 8, 2006

Series: Bristol Phoenix Press Edited Volumes

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