Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Romantic ThingsA Tree, a Rock, a Cloud$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mary Jacobus

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226390666

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226390680.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 22 October 2019

Pastoral, after History

Pastoral, after History

The Apple Orchard

Chapter:
Chapter 2 (p.36) Pastoral, after History
Source:
Romantic Things
Author(s):

Mary Jacobus

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226390680.003.0003

The pastoral happens always after an event in history, where the meanings of what has passed flare up in the present, or else deliberately dulls and blurs it. Pastoral engages questions of history. In order to explore this, this chapter examines Seamus Heaney’s translation of Rilke’s poems “The Apple Orchard” and “After the Fire.” W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, on the other hand, speaks of the author’s visit to poet-translator Michael Hamburger, whose orchard and autobiographical memoir are interwoven with Sebald’s hybrid, quasi-fictionalized narrative. In these works, as in others mentioned in the chapter, pastoral is shown to be a form of historical knowledge that emerges in the wake of destruction. Pastoral should be differentiated with nostalgia, however, in that pastorals are necessarily “after history” because they are relocated in the historical present.

Keywords:   pastoral, Seamus Heaney, Rilke, Apple Orchard, After the Fire, W.G. Sebald, Rings of Saturn, Michael Hamburger

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.