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Author Lilley, Deborah, author

Title The new pastoral in contemporary British writing / Deborah Lilley
Edition First
Published New York : Routledge 2020
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Series Routledge environmental humanities
Routledge environmental humanities
Contents Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Pastoral, ecology, and ecocriticism; The pastoral and the environmental turn in contemporary British writing; Pastoral reimagined in contemporary British writing; Notes; References; 1. Pastoral and ecology in contemporary British writing; To 'escape into fantasies' or 'glance at greater matters'?; The nature of pastoral: 'putting the complex into the simple'; Questions of naming and context: from idyll to crisis; The new pastoral in contemporary British writing; Notes; References
(Re)Imagining the end of the world: The Rapture by Liz JensenBeneath the surface of pastoral: The Stream by Brian Clarke; Beyond the limits of pastoral: Glister by John Burnside; Pastoral after crisis; Notes; References; 5. Conclusion: The new pastoral in twenty-first century Britain; New pastoral for the new normal; Notes; References; Index
2. Taking care: Pastoral and new British nature writingThe nature of new nature writing; Rethinking the pastoral landscape: Waterlog by Roger Deakin; Reconsidering retreat: The Wild Places, by Robert Macfarlane; Pastoral elsewhere: Edgelands, by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts; Other landscapes: Findings by Kathleen Jamie; Writing new natures; Notes; References; 3. Pastoral relations: People, place, and nature in contemporary British literary fiction; Pastoral afterlives; Pastoral interludes; Pastoral rhythms; Notes; References; 4. Uncertain nature: Environmental crisis in pastoral
Summary "This book identifies a major turn in contemporary British literature in response to environmental crisis. It argues that the pastoral is emerging as a new critical framework in which to explore the understanding of people and place in this context. The New Pastoral in Contemporary British Writing explores how the pastoral tradition has transformed as authors respond to our changing relationships with place in this period. Analysing the features common to new pastoral writing, it brings together a corpus of works from major authors including Ali Smith, Jim Crace, John Burnside, Kathleen Jamie, and Robert Macfarlane. This book argues that crises such as pollution and climate change have shifted our understandings of the key relationships of pastoral and the terms upon which they are based, giving new senses to its older oppositions between the human and the natural, the urban and the rural, and the past and the present. Furthermore, it shows that the versions of pastoral that ensue align with current ecocritical arguments produced by thinking through the individual, cultural, and ecological implications of environmental crisis. As a result, pastoral emerges as the crucial strategy in the re-imagining of the environment underway in contemporary British writing, the resurgence of interest in nature writing, the increasing attention towards place in literary fiction, and the development of ecological or 'climate' fiction. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of English as well as those concerned with the interdisciplinary topics of the environmental humanities, including literary geographies, new nature writing, cultures of climate change and the Anthropocene, and ecologically-oriented theory"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Deborah Lilley has taught at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of San Francisco
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Subject Country life in literature
English literature -- 21st century -- History and criticism
Nature in literature
Pastoral literature, English -- History and criticism
Country life in literature.
English literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Nature in literature.
Pastoral literature, English.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019980622
ISBN 0429686528