Xanthe Ashburner is completing a Master of Philosophy at the University of Queensland. She has previously written about pastoral with reference to A.R. Ammons.
University of Queensland
In this essay, I read Thoreau’s aspirations to public attention as an instance of the literary pastoral. This may seem a back-to-front approach to a simple task: Walden seems to us pre-eminently pastoral exactly in its rejection of ‘civilized life’…