Hardy's Literary Language and Victorian Philology

Hardy's Literary Language and Victorian Philology

by Dennis Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198122616

ISBN-13: 9780198122616

Pub. Date: 04/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This pioneering study is the first detailed exploration of Hardy's linguistic "awkwardness," a subject that has long puzzled critics. Dennis Taylor shows that Hardy's language must be understood as a distinctive response to the philological and literary issues of his time. Deeply influenced by the Victorian historical study of language, Hardy deliberately

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This pioneering study is the first detailed exploration of Hardy's linguistic "awkwardness," a subject that has long puzzled critics. Dennis Taylor shows that Hardy's language must be understood as a distinctive response to the philological and literary issues of his time. Deeply influenced by the Victorian historical study of language, Hardy deliberately incorporated into his own writing a sense of language's recent and hidden history, its multiple stages and classes, and its arbitrary motivations. In what is the first major treatment of a writer's relation to the Oxford English Dictionary, Taylor's study also examines the influence on Hardy's language of the founding and development of this period of the OED.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198122616
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.26(d)

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