Richard Rodriguez | Critical Essay by Paige Schilt

This literature criticism consists of approximately 25 pages of analysis & critique of Richard Rodriguez.
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Critical Essay by Paige Schilt

SOURCE: Schilt, Paige. “Anti-Pastoral and Guilty Vision in Richard Rodriguez's Days of Obligation.Texas Studies in Literature and Language 40, no. 4 (winter 1998): 424–41.

In the following essay, Schilt studies the pastoral qualities of several of the essays in Days of Obligation.

The tender soul has fixed his love on one spot in the world; the strong man has extended his love to all places; the perfect man has extinguished his. From boyhood I have dwelt on foreign soil, and I know with what grief sometimes the mind takes leave of the narrow hearth of a peasant's hut, and I know, too, how frankly it afterwards disdains marble firesides and paneled halls.

—Hugo of St. Victor, from Didascalion1

In the prologue to his 1982 book Hunger of Memory, Richard Rodriguez defines himself as a specifically middle-class pastoralist. As...

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