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Document Type

Literature

Abstract

Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s painting The Return of the Herd (1565) is the subject of a dramatic poetic treatment and the point of departure for a fictional journey concerning Bruegel’s famous picture “the lost season.” The Ekphrasis is an extended version of a Prologue and Epilogue for an in-progress novel.

About the Author

Dr. Keith Fynaardt’s research—and life—explores the intersection of agriculture and the humanities. In addition to writing and teaching about modern agriculture’s impact on Midwestern croplands and communities, he also is restoring a historic Sioux County farm. His work has led to the development of courses like Literature of the Agricultural Imagination and Writing the Farm. His other scholarly interests are narrative nonfiction writing, contemporary American literature and film, and the agri-business industry. Fynaardt held the Northwestern College Endowed Professorship from 2001 to 2006.

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