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    Katherine C. Little
    Literature, Medieval--Influence, English poetry--Early modern, 1500-1700--History and criticism, Pastoral poetry, English--History and criticism

    Pastoral poetry has long been considered a signature Renaissance mode: originating in late sixteenth-century England via a rediscovery of classical texts, it is concerned with self-fashioning and celebrating the court. But, as Katherine C. Little demonstrates in Transforming Work: Early Modern Pastoral and Medieval Poetry, the pastoral mode is in fact indebted to medieval representations of rural labor.

    Little offers a new literary history for the pastoral, arguing that the authors of the…

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