Love in a Green Shade: Idyllic Romances Ancient to Modern

Synopsis

Love in a Green Shade examines for the first time in depth the reception history of Daphnis and Chloe in literature, beginning with its Renaissance rediscovery and working through its various transformations in English, French, Spanish, and other literatures. At the same time, Richard F. Hardin launches a groundbreaking exploration of the 06idyllic romance tradition in fiction and drama.

While Virgil and Theocritus begot a tradition of poetry concerned with male eroticism, idyllic romance centers on the couple in a story pointing toward marriage. In addition to Daphnis and Chloe, this study considers numerous works influenced by the idyllic romance tradition, including Shakespeare's The Tempest, Milton's Paradise Lost, Jacques-Henri Bernardin's Paul et Virginie, Harriet Beecher Stowe's The Pearl of Orr's Island, Willa Cather's O Pioneers!, novels by George Sand, Thomas Hardy, and Pardo Bazan, Louis Hemon's Maria Chapdelaine, and Yukio Mishima's The Sound of Waves.