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The Resource What else is pastoral? : Renaissance literature and the environment, Ken Hiltner

What else is pastoral? : Renaissance literature and the environment, Ken Hiltner

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What else is pastoral? : Renaissance literature and the environment
Title
What else is pastoral?
Title remainder
Renaissance literature and the environment
Statement of responsibility
Ken Hiltner
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Author
Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
The pastoral was one of the most popular literary forms of early modern England. Inspired by classical and Italian Renaissance antecedents, writers from Ben Jonson to John Beaumont and Abraham Cowley wrote in idealized terms about the English countryside. It is often argued that the Renaissance pastoral was a highly figurative mode of writing that had more to do with culture and politics than with the actual countryside of England. For decades now literary criticism has had it that in pastoral verse, hills and crags and moors were extolled for their metaphoric worth, rather than for their own qualities. In What Else Is Pastoral?, Ken Hiltner takes a fresh look at pastoral, offering an environmentally minded reading that reconnects the poems with literal landscapes, not just figurative ones. Considering the pastoral in literature from Virgil and Petrarch to Jonson and Milton, Hiltner proposes a new ecocritical approach to these texts. We only become truly aware of our environment, he explains, when its survival is threatened. As London expanded rapidly during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the city and surrounding rural landscapes began to look markedly different. Hiltner finds that Renaissance writers were acutely aware that the countryside they had known was being lost to air pollution, deforestation, and changing patterns of land use; their works suggest this new absence of nature through their appreciation for the scraps that remained in memory or in fact. A much-needed corrective to the prevailing interpretation of pastoral poetry, What Else Is Pastoral? shows the value of reading literature with an ecological eye
Cataloging source
E7B
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Hiltner, Ken
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • English literature
  • Pastoral literature, English
  • Nature in literature
  • Ecology in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Ecology in literature
  • English literature
  • Nature in literature
  • Pastoral literature, English
  • Herdersliteratuur
  • Milieu
  • Engels
  • Engelsk litteratur
  • Herdediktning
  • Naturen i litteraturen
  • Ekologi i litteraturen
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What else is pastoral? : Renaissance literature and the environment, Ken Hiltner
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The nature of art -- What else is pastoral? -- What else was pastoral in the Renaissance? -- Pastoral and ideology, and the environment -- Representing air pollution in early modern London -- Environmental protest literature of the Renaissance -- Empire, the environment, and the growth of georgic
Control code
ocn732957159
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 189 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801449406
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7591/9780801460760
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4sb4z
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)732957159
Label
What else is pastoral? : Renaissance literature and the environment, Ken Hiltner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The nature of art -- What else is pastoral? -- What else was pastoral in the Renaissance? -- Pastoral and ideology, and the environment -- Representing air pollution in early modern London -- Environmental protest literature of the Renaissance -- Empire, the environment, and the growth of georgic
Control code
ocn732957159
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 189 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801449406
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7591/9780801460760
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4sb4z
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)732957159

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