Edited By Bénédicte Chorier-Fryd, Charles Holdefer and Thomas Pughe
The contributors to this volume attempt to lay the groundwork for the ongoing concern with pastoral and with its critical revision.
This volume brings together new essays that focus on painting, photography, poetry, essay, fiction and film, from the Renaissance to the present. They also take into account an astonishing variety of pastoral places, in Europe, Africa, and North America; country and city; suburbia and industrial zones.
Poetics and Politics of Place in Pastoral is not only about reassessing the past, but also provides a sense of future developments as the pastoral reinvents itself for the 21
Knights among shepherds: courtly pastorals in Spenser’s Faerie Queene (1596)
When Edmund Spenser published the first instalment of his epic poem, The Faerie Queene, in 1590, he chose to open it with words adapted from the lines that appeared at the beginning of Renaissance editions of Virgil’s Aeneid:
Lo I the man, whose Muse whilome did maske,
As time her taught, in lowly Shepheards weeds,
Am now enforst a far vnfitter taske,
For trumpets sterne to chaunge mine Oaten reeds,
And sing of Knights and Ladies gentle deeds[.]
(Faerie Queene 1.Pro.1.1–5)
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