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

Elisa Bolchi

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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.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-14
Numero di pagine14
RivistaGreen Letters
Volume20, 2016
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2016

Keywords

  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Richard Aldington
  • Terry Gifford
  • ecocritica
  • ecocriticism
  • ecologia
  • pastoral
  • pastorale
  • post-pastoral
  • post-pastorale
  • war

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