Genealogy and Fiction in Hardy: Family Lineage and Narrative Lines

Genealogy and Fiction in Hardy: Family Lineage and Narrative Lines

by Tess O'Toole
     
 

Tess O'Toole uncovers Hardy's career-long fascination with the points of intersection between genealogy and fiction and argues that this relationship fuels much of his writing. Hereditary patterns are the product of narrative compulsion; the circulation of the family story is necessary to reproduce the history it records. As well as analyzing Hardy's characteristic…  See more details below

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Tess O'Toole uncovers Hardy's career-long fascination with the points of intersection between genealogy and fiction and argues that this relationship fuels much of his writing. Hereditary patterns are the product of narrative compulsion; the circulation of the family story is necessary to reproduce the history it records. As well as analyzing Hardy's characteristic treatment of family history, this volume revises existing accounts of genealogical narrative, and in its conclusion considers the presence in other nineteenth- and twentieth-century novels of motifs foregrounded in Hardy's work.

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Booknews
Across most of Hardy's novels, as well as a number of short stories and narrative poems, O'Toole (English, Magill U., Montreal) draws connections between his investment in genealogical themes and his interest in the power of narrative. She argues that his texts illuminate key structures of genealogical narrative, revises existing critical accounts of the genre, and identities the practice of narrative jamming as a formal equivalent to the incest that so often appears in the family history novel. A version of one chapter has appeared previously. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312174620
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.67(w) x 8.79(h) x 0.92(d)

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