Contextualizing the Pastoral (A2 AQA English Literature)

The AO4 learning objective asks you to contexualise the Pastoral. Here are some ways of looking at the Pastoral with critical opinion and linked examples to some Pastoral authors/texts. 

Try not to find a subsection to place your text in. More than often, pastoral texts contain aspects of different types. 

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  • Created by: MJ
  • Created on: 04-06-13 15:00
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  • The Pastoral
    • Traditional Pastoral
      • Virgil's Eclogues
        • Idylls
          • The Deserted Village
      • In which Shephards discuss rural life.
        • William Blake - Introduction to Songs of Innocence.
      • Leo Marx: "No shephard, no pastoral."
      • A romanticised    countryside.
        • Tintern Abbey
      • "describes the country with an implicit or explicit contrast to the urban." - Terry Gifford
        • Brideshead Revisited
      • Making a complex life, a simple one
        • Marvell
        • Leo Marx - "The psychic root of all pastoralism" is the "yearning for a simpler, more harminous style of life, an existence closer to nature"
    • "describes the country with an implicit or explicit contrast to the urban." - Terry Gifford
      • Brideshead Revisited
    • Terry Gifford's  idea that there are only 3 types of pastoral  literature
      • In which Shephards discuss rural life.
        • William Blake - Introduction to Songs of Innocence.
      • Negative image of the countryside.
    • Anti Pastoral
      • Negative image of the countryside.
      • Negative portrayals of nature or pastoral concerns
        • Religion
          • Brideshead Revisited  - Sebastian
          • Blake's "London"
        • Corruption / Innocence
          • "our naughtiness high in the catalogue of grave sins"  Toys were "cigars" and "shirts" . Waugh shows a corrupted lifestyle like a childhood. Brideshead Revisited
    • "The literature of the landscape" - Stephan Sidall
    • Renaissance  Pastoral
      • Marvell and Milton
      • The landscape being a connection to God and peace.

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