Janet Lembke

Lorna Hardwick and James I. Porter

in Sibylline Sisters

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199582969
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731198 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

Janet Lembke

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While Joyce Carol Oates uses Virgil to explore the dangers facing the United States from the divided social factions at the heart of the community, Janet Lembke's concern is to alert us to the irreversible damage caused to the landscape by government policies that have been driven by material gain and have resulted in both dispossession and climate change. Lembke's decision to translate the Georgics for the 21st century demonstrates her belief that Virgil's treatise on farming can still offer us valuable lessons about the catastrophic consequences that are attendant upon greed and a criminal disregard of the need to respect the delicate equilibrium between human sustenance and nature's ecologies.

Keywords: Virgil; women writers; Georgics; farming; ecology; nature; human sustenance

Chapter.  5613 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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