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Finding Ovid in Kandahar: The Radical Pastoral as Resistance to Empire in the Classic and Contemporary Worlds

Department of English, California State University, Northridge, CA 90032, USA
Humanities 2020, 9(4), 146; https://doi.org/10.3390/h9040146
Received: 29 October 2020 / Revised: 8 December 2020 / Accepted: 9 December 2020 / Published: 17 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Translation and Relocation: Literary Encounters East and West)
Prevailing scholarship on pastoral literature often overlooks its political and radical dimensions, relegating the form to particular manifestations of the pastoral in Elizabethan England. World literature, however, exhibits a wider range of the pastoral in which poets contest social injustice and serve as voices of resistance against oppression. This paper explores the existence of and connection between the radical pastoral in both the East and West, as exemplified by the classical poetry of Ovid and Pashto pastoral poetry emanating from contemporary Afghanistan. It argues that, despite differences in time and space, both genres of poetry offer forceful criticisms of empire and consider pastoral values, aesthetics, and landscapes as a means of resistance against it. This paper thus examines pastoral poetics’ contribution to social commentary on empire in both imperial Rome and the imperialist present encapsulated by America’s post 9/11 political-military interventions in the Middle East. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ovid; pastoral poetry; Pashto poetry; literature; literary geography; Afghanistan; literary ecology; ecocriticism; war poetry; classics; empire Ovid; pastoral poetry; Pashto poetry; literature; literary geography; Afghanistan; literary ecology; ecocriticism; war poetry; classics; empire
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Said, M. Finding Ovid in Kandahar: The Radical Pastoral as Resistance to Empire in the Classic and Contemporary Worlds. Humanities 2020, 9, 146. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9040146

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Said M. Finding Ovid in Kandahar: The Radical Pastoral as Resistance to Empire in the Classic and Contemporary Worlds. Humanities. 2020; 9(4):146. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9040146

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Said, Manija. 2020. "Finding Ovid in Kandahar: The Radical Pastoral as Resistance to Empire in the Classic and Contemporary Worlds" Humanities 9, no. 4: 146. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9040146

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