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What Is Pastoral?
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 05/01/1997
- ISBN: 9780226015170
- ISBN10: 0226015173
Description: Paul Alpers argues that the pastoral in literary history is often mischaracterized as a catchall for literature about rural themes and nature in general. Examining works from a wide range of authors including Shakespeare, Virgil, Cervantes, and Frost, Alpers brings the story of the pastoral into the twentieth century. The pastoral reemerges in this account not as a vehicle of nostalgia for some Golden Age, nor of escape to idyllic landscapes, but as a means of dealing with the loss, decline, and deprivation that motivate pastoral.Expand description