Hardy's Literary Language and Victorian Philology

Hardy's Literary Language and Victorian Philology

by Dennis Taylor
     
 

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.

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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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note on References and Abbreviations
Introduction1
1Hardy and the 'Dialect' of the Tribe29
2Hardy and the New Philology96
3Word Status and Imitation in Hardy's Language173
4The Historicism of Victorian Philology207
5Hardy's Words and the Language of Lost Origins253
6Hardy's 'Minute Way' of Looking at Style and Idiom288
Conclusion: History in the Current Language347
Appendix 1 Hardy's Notable Standard Words in the OED381
Appendix 2 Hardy's Notable Dialect Words in Wright and the OED385
Appendix 3 Hardy's Studies, Specimens &c. Notebook387
Bibliography393
Catalogues403
Index405
Word Index421

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