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The Politics of Southern Pastoral Literature, 1785–1885

Jeffersonian Afterlives

Authors: Templeton, Peter

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  • Illuminates Jefferson’s cultural afterlife
  • Traces and complicates the history of the Southern pastoral novel
  • Extends scholarship beyond pastoral tropes to deeper our understanding of the Antebellum South and its literature
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In The Politics of Southern Pastoral Literature, 1785–1885: Jeffersonian Afterlives, Peter Templeton presents a wide-ranging and systematic evaluation of pastoral in the nineteenth-century Southern novel, offering an explicit appraisal of the philosophical and political rationale of pastoral literature alongside the existing body of research into the image of Jefferson following his death. Rather than assuming a homogeneous South, Templeton locates Southern pastoral in its specific political context, offering readings of significant factors such as the literary representation of landscape, of class and the yeoman ideal, and the institution of slavery and its intellectual underpinnings. Focusing on a six key Southern authors, both canonical and relatively understudied, the book charts key transformations in the politics of pastoral literature in the period, and noteworthy reconfigurations in the representation of Jefferson and his philosophies, in order to analyze what these signified to nineteenth-century Americans. In doing so, the text also demonstrates how ideologies react to the stresses imposed on them by political realities.


About the authors

Peter Templeton is Fellow of the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University, UK.


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“This book provides a rich and detailed look at the lost literature of southern pastoralism. While starting from the image of Thomas Jefferson, Peter Templeton manages to weave close readings of several novels—often little known—into a broader, disturbing cultural history of the U.S. South through the nineteenth century.” (Thomas Hallock, Professor of Literature, University of South Florida, USA)

“This book represents a significant intervention in the study of an undeservedly neglected subject. What Peter Templeton has to say makes a significant contribution to our understanding of a constellation of related subjects, including the politics of Southern pastoral, the literature of the emergent republic, and the powerful influence of Jefferson on early American literature.” (Richard Gray, Emeritus Professor of Literature, Fellow of the British Academy, Leverhulme Emeritus Research Professor, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04888-4
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04887-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Southern Pastoral Literature, 1785–1885
Book Subtitle
Jeffersonian Afterlives
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04888-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04888-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04887-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 249
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