Haunted Hardy

Overview

Hardy was a poet of ghosts. In his poetry he describes himself as posthumous; as rekindling the cinders of passion; as the guardian of the dead forgotten by history; and as haunted by ghosts, particularly the specter of the lost child (as in the rumor that he fathered a child in the 1860s). Using Derrida, Abraham, and Torok and other theorists, and referring to Victorian debates on materialism, this book investigates ghostliness, historicity, ...

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Overview

Hardy was a poet of ghosts. In his poetry he describes himself as posthumous; as rekindling the cinders of passion; as the guardian of the dead forgotten by history; and as haunted by ghosts, particularly the specter of the lost child (as in the rumor that he fathered a child in the 1860s). Using Derrida, Abraham, and Torok and other theorists, and referring to Victorian debates on materialism, this book investigates ghostliness, historicity, and memory in Hardy's poetry.

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Haunted Hardy is a product of much solid scholarship...a welcome addition to... the discussion of Hardy's poetry. ELT
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Armstrong (modern English and American literature, U. of London) argues that the idea of haunting is central to the work of British writer Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). He finds evidence in Hardy's second career as a poet; the phantom of the lost child that permeates his writings; his elegiac writings and intertextual references; and how he thinks about history, language, and consciousness. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333597910
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/13/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Armstrong is Reader in Modern English and American Literature, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Supplementarity
• The Ghosts of Thought
• The Child in Time
• The Politics of the Dead
• History, Catastrophe, Typology
• Mourbaning and Intertextuality

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