CRRS Working Group – 2022: Revisiting the Pastoral

What do the pastoral genre and pastoral mode look like today? Both our current condition of multiple and overlapping crises, global and local, and the emergence of new ways of speaking to and with traditional objects of scholarly study urge scholars to re-read the practice of pastoral across multiple arts and media. We will look at key examples of the pastoral from the classical period and the Renaissance, as well as some critical treatments of it, both older and current, to inquire into possible places for the pastoral in the various worlds of current critical early modern studies.

Schedule of Meetings & Readings

Our tentative schedule is to meet online every third Friday of the month from Sept-Nov., and Jan.-April. 2022 The bibliography of readings is TBA.

Session 1
Sept. 23

Primary Reading:
Virgil, Eclogues/Bucolics

Session 2
Oct. 21

Primary Reading:
Spenser, The Shepherds’ Calendar

Session 3
Nov. 25

Primary Reading:
Sannazaro, Arcadia

Session 4
Jan. 20

Primary Reading:
Tasso, Aminta

Session 5
Feb. 17

Primary Reading:
Poussin, selected paintings

Session 6
Mar. 17

Primary Reading:
Selected modern readings