Co-founder of imagism with Ezra Pound and Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), Richard Aldington, was also a bestseller war novelist who described and denounced the horrors of World War I in his first novel Death of a Hero, which recently received new recognition thanks to its reissue in the Penguin Classics (2013). Although written well before the eco-critical turn, the novel actually makes use of complex–pastoral features in order to explore issues connected to war. This paper thus aims to present Death of a Hero as a novel containing not only the ‘three general strands of usage’ of the Pastoral literary convention, but also a treatment of the war, ‘the ultimate anti-pastoral’, through literary devices which can be read as characteristic of a post-pastoral novel.

Bolchi, E., Darkened lands. A Post-pastoral Reading of Richard Aldington’s 'Death of a Hero', <<GREEN LETTERS>>, 2016; 20, 2016 (20): 1-14. [doi:10.1080/14688417.2016.1258322] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/93741]

Darkened lands. A Post-pastoral Reading of Richard Aldington’s 'Death of a Hero'

Bolchi, Elisa
2016

Abstract

Co-founder of imagism with Ezra Pound and Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), Richard Aldington, was also a bestseller war novelist who described and denounced the horrors of World War I in his first novel Death of a Hero, which recently received new recognition thanks to its reissue in the Penguin Classics (2013). Although written well before the eco-critical turn, the novel actually makes use of complex–pastoral features in order to explore issues connected to war. This paper thus aims to present Death of a Hero as a novel containing not only the ‘three general strands of usage’ of the Pastoral literary convention, but also a treatment of the war, ‘the ultimate anti-pastoral’, through literary devices which can be read as characteristic of a post-pastoral novel.
Inglese
http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rgrl20#.VRFUnPmG81I
Bolchi, E., Darkened lands. A Post-pastoral Reading of Richard Aldington’s 'Death of a Hero', <>, 2016; 20, 2016 (20): 1-14. [doi:10.1080/14688417.2016.1258322] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/93741]
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/10807/93741
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 0
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
social impact