Pastoral and Anti-Pastoral Patterns in John Updike's Fiction

Pastoral and Anti-Pastoral Patterns in John Updike's Fiction

Pastoral and Anti-Pastoral Patterns in John Updike's Fiction

Pastoral and Anti-Pastoral Patterns in John Updike's Fiction

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Updike's importance in contemporary literature is stressed by this and the following work. Here Mr. Taylor relates Updike to themesdominant in American literature since colonial days- the idealization of rustic life and rejection of it- both of which themes show in Updike's work, according to Taylor. In relating Updike's fiction to pastoral and anti-pastoral patterns Taylor makes a valuable contribution to literary history as well as to critical understanding of an outstanding contemporary writer.

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