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Pastoral fiction


  • Fiction with rural settings that idealize rustic, rural, or small-town life.

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  • Form

    • Pastoral fiction
  • Variants

    • Bucolic fiction
    • Pastoral romances
    • Romances, Pastoral
  • Broader Terms

  • Closely Matching Concepts from Other Schemes

  • Sources

    • found: Baldick, C. The Oxford dictionary of literary terms, 2008(pastoral. A highly conventional mode of writing that celebrates the innocent life of shepherds and shepherdesses in poems, plays, and prose romances. Pastoral literature describes the loves and sorrows of musical shepherds, usually in an idealized Golden Age of rustic innocence and idleness; paradoxically, it is an elaborately artificial cult of simplicity and virtuous frugality. Most forms of pastoral literature died out during the 18th century.)
    • found: Quinn, E. dictionary of literary and thematic terms, c1999(pastoral. Originally a literary form idealizing the lives of shepherds, more recently used to describe celebrations of innocent country or small town life. Implicit in the idea of pastoral is the identification of happiness with simple, natural existence. In the 20th century the term has undergone considerable expansion ... particularly in American literature where the Western or novels of the rural South create a world in which the natural and the human exist in fragile harmony; another distinctive sub-genre of American pastoral is the writing on baseball, both fiction and nonfiction.)
    • found: GSAFD, 2000(Pastoral fiction. Use for novels with a rural setting and a tone of romantic nostalgia. UF Bucolic fiction; Pastoral romances)
    • found: Genre terms : a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloging, via WWW, July 17, 2014(Pastoral romances. BT Romances)
  • General Notes

    • Fiction with rural settings that idealize rustic, rural, or small-town life.
  • Change Notes

    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-22: revised
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