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Poetics and Politics of Place in Pastoral

International Perspectives

Edited By Bénédicte Chorier-Fryd, Charles Holdefer and Thomas Pughe

In a time of global environmental crisis, pastoralism may seem beside the point. Yet pastoral ideals are still alive even though they often manifest themselves by ironic indirection. What can the pastoral tradition teach us about our ties to particular places?
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 st century.
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MATHILDE ARRIVÉ is Associate Professor at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III (France) where she teaches American history, politics, and arts. She completed a PhD in 2009 on the pictorialist photographer Edward S. Curtis, which received the SENA (French Society for North American Studies) Prize. She was the general editor of book Art et utopie (2012), and she is currently editing an volume entitled “What do pictures do? Intericonicity in the United States,” to be published in E-rea in the fall 2015 (No. 13:1).

ANDY AUCKUR is currently working on a doctoral thesis on the representation of nature in Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia. His academic interest ranges from Early Modern pastoral and epic literature, literary and artistic theory to Renaissance philosophy and Italian painting. He is currently involved in research projects focusing on heroism and material culture in Early Modern literature.

BÉNÉDICTE CHORIER-FRYD is associate professor at the University of Poitiers, where she teaches American literature and literary translation. She has published mostly on contemporary fiction, notably on Thomas Pynchon and Fanny Howe (with a focus on the interplay of poetic schemes and narrative).

AURORE CLAVIER is currently working as a teaching assistant at the University of Paris 8 – Saint-Denis. She is the author of several articles on modernist poets (Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound). She has recently completed a doctoral dissertation at the Sorbonne Nouvelle exploring Marianne Moore’s commitment to the redefinition of American cultural identity through – and...

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