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Gifford, Terry, author

Updated throughout, this new edition provides a clear and invaluable introduction to the study of pastoral. Terry Gifford traces the history of the genre from its classical origins through to contemporary writing and introduces the major writers and critical issues relating to pastoral. Gifford breaks the term down into three accessible concepts - pastoral, anti-pastoral, post-pastoral - and provides up-to-date examples from literature and film. New chapters explain the continuing tradition of georgic literature and the recent evolution of pastoral in their historical contexts. Pastoral is essential and engaging reading for students and academics alike

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Second edition.
Published London: Routledge, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Terry Gifford
ISBN: 1317299477, 9781317299479
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 232 pages
Series: The new critical idiom
Subject: Pastoral literature History and criticism.; Literature.; Pastoral poetry History and criticism.; Literature: history & criticism; Literary theory
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: New critical idiom.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781138124837


  1. 1. Three kinds of pastoral 2 Constructions of arcadia 3. The dsicourse of retreat 4. The cultural contexts of return 5. The anti-pastoral tradition 6. Post-pastoral