The past, the future and the golden age: some contemporary versions of pastoral

Ryle, Martin (2008) The past, the future and the golden age: some contemporary versions of pastoral. In: Soper, Kate, Ryle, Martin and Thomas, Lyn (eds.) The politics and pleasures of consuming diffferently. Consumption and Public Life . Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 43-58. ISBN 9780230537286

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Abstract

The chapter focuses on the question of whether, and how, contemporary post- or neo-pastoral (in fictional representations of 'simpler' ways of life) might contribute to a green critique of consumerism. Theoretically, the major point of reference is the discussion of 'retrospective radicalism' in Raymond Williams' THE COUNTRY AND THE CITY. Novelists considered include John McGahern, Michel Houellebecq, Kazuo Ishiguro and Ali Smith.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Martin Ryle
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:48
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2012 13:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22297
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