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POETIC AND POLITICS OF PLACE IN PASTORAL (MARCH 29-31)
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University of Orléans, FRANCE, Faculté des Lettres, langues et sciences humaines
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POETIC AND POLITICS OF PLACE IN PASTORAL
International Conference, Université d’Orléans (FRANCE), March 29-31, 2012
(Co-sponsors: REMELICE, Université d’Orléans, and FORELL, Université de Poitiers)
“Historically, pastoral has sometimes activated green consciousness, sometimes euphemized land appropriation. It may direct us toward the realm of physical nature, or it may abstract us from it” (Lawrence Buell. The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture).
“Pastoral’s ancient and universal appeal – to come away – requires new examination in an age in which there is no away” (Glen A. Love. Practical Ecocriticism: Literature, Biology, and the Environment).
“Yet the ideas and the images of country and city retain their great force. This persistence has a significance matched only by the fact of the great actual variation, social and historical, of the ideas themselves” (Raymond Williams. The Country and the City)
This conference aims at bringing together scholars studying different genres and aspects of the pastoral in the English-speaking world, either in its historic or its contemporary forms, and thus to achieve an overview or mapping of contemporary work in the field.
- Pastoral is a form of localism (or regionalism): it celebrates being rooted in rural and sometimes bucolic and idyllic places. And yet pastoral writing is also nostalgic about a place that is always elsewhere, in the past of some golden age. What is the relation between the local and the universal in pastoral writing?
The conference organisers welcome contributions from scholars in various fields: literature, cultural studies, environmental history, film studies, art.