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Complexity of character in Austen's novels derives in part from her satirizing people who adopt decorative pastoral literature as a model for living.
Spain, the mother of the modern novel, fostered pastoral literature to an unparalleled degree throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
If we understand rape to be the violation of the woman's wishes and her subjugation to the male's desires, then pastoral literature is "born" from this forced union between Pan and Syrinx.
Thus, when Sawday claims in his concluding chapter that "[Marx's] conceit of the 'interrupted idyll' surfaced" first in seventeenth-century pastoral literature, including Shakespeare's The Tempest, he is not (despite what he says) overturning or even updating Marx's argument.
Despite the story's modest proportions, I believe it belongs to the ancient tradition of pastoral literature (extending back in time ultimately to the Greek poet Theocritus and including such notable practitioners as Virgil, Petrarch, Edmund Spenser, Robert Frost, and Seamus Heaney).