The Arcadia Project employs the ancient concept of the pastoral as its central organizing conceit: man- or woman-in-landscape, the shepherding I (or eye). The anthology is divided into four sections, which we intend not as definitive or limited classifications, rather as conceptual and generative groupings of work that deeply engaged or moved us.

  • New Transcendentalisms: work that, as we see it, exists in an implicit or explicit dialectical relationship with the established Romantic and/or Transcendentalist traditions;
  • Textual Ecologies: work that views language itself as “landscape,” or as a natural and naturalizing extension of landscape;
  • Local Powers: work that locates the (f)act of writing in particular, or particularizing, theaters of exchange; and
  • Necro/Pastoral: work that carries the trope of the shepherding I/eye into urban, synthetic, and/or crisis landscapes.

Many works could have been included in two or more sections; the constellations each section (re)presents are merely that, points between which the eye may draw connections. Insofar as any anthology represents an experimental space—a laboratory—we’re as interested as anyone to see what sorts of connections, within and without the anthology, readers draw.


  1. Situating the Pastoral
    1. A Long Foreground: Exploring the Postmodern Pastoral (an essay by Joshua Corey)
    2. Additional Theoretical and Secondary Works
  2. Constellations and Correspondences

Note: As we explore the anthology ourselves in a pedagogical context, we hope and expect to update “Additional Theoretical and Secondary Works” and “Constellations and Correspondences” periodically. We welcome contributions and suggestions from our readers.