“Wildness Is The Cure”: A Pastoral Reading Of Robert Gipe’s Canard County Trilogy

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kennedy Alexander Sloop (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/
Sandra Ballard

Abstract: Robert Gipe’s Canard County Trilogy, Trampoline (2015), Weedeater (2018), and Pop (2021), features commentary on extractive industries in Appalachia and the environmental and social degradation they have caused and continue to inflict. Analyzing the trilogy through a pastoral lens sheds new light on the connection between pastoral retreats in the novels and the reclamation of land, lives, and resources from said extractive forces. This thesis analyzes how the trilogy comments on the three sub-genres of pastoral literature: traditional pastoral, anti-pastoral, and post-pastoral literature as outlined by ecocritic Terry Gifford. The series favors the post-pastoral, where protagonists listen to and contemplate nature and work towards answering Gifford’s post-pastoral questions. Overall, a pastoral analysis of the Canard County Trilogy shows the pitfalls of traditional and anti-pastoral retreats while underscoring the benefits of post-pastoral practices.

Additional Information

Sloop, K. (2023). “Wildness Is The Cure”: A Pastoral Reading Of Robert Gipe’s Canard County Trilogy. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2023
Canard County Trilogy, Pastoral, Post-pastoral, Robert Gipe, Appalachian literature

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