Decolonized Pastoral; or, Structures of Feeling for Displacement

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John Clare’s (1793–1864) perambulatory perception that is central to his poetics of openness gifts a song of a contingent and unfolding world. Clare’s insights translate and mediate pastoral for the very unplanned occasions in which he finds himself while walking. John Ashbery (1927–2017) enlarges upon Clare’s instinctual and affectivesense of place as he lays bare influences that erase an inherited politics of transatlantic loco-description. Clare and Ashbery foreground a modality of emotions that reveals a wider lacuna: a frame for positioning oneself in the world that is radically independent from dominant and less generous conceptions of selfhood. This modality brings into relief a new stage for loss, its many dimensions, and its analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-49
Number of pages15
JournalNineteenth-Century Contexts: an interdisciplinary journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


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