The Expressive Eye: Fiction and Perception in the Work of Thomas Hardy

The Expressive Eye: Fiction and Perception in the Work of Thomas Hardy

by J. B. Bullen, Bullen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198128584

ISBN-13: 9780198128588

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Each of Thomas Hardy's novels is filled with striking visual images — characters, interior settings, buildings, village scenes, and open tracts of land. These images are all rendered with a vitality and energy immediately recognizable as Hardy's own. In fact, Hardy, whose style owed much to his abilities as a draughtsman, once remarked that he saw his

Overview

Each of Thomas Hardy's novels is filled with striking visual images — characters, interior settings, buildings, village scenes, and open tracts of land. These images are all rendered with a vitality and energy immediately recognizable as Hardy's own. In fact, Hardy, whose style owed much to his abilities as a draughtsman, once remarked that he saw his narratives as a series of images. J. B. Bullen explores this fascinating link between the image and the idea in the fiction of Thomas Hardy, and demonstrates how Hardy approached his work from a particular "point of view" which not only determined the lighting, composition, and structure of his literary visual effects, but which also allowed him to express emotions and ideas in the direct, "vividly visible" fashion that is the hallmark of his greatest fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198128588
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsxiii
Abbreviationsxvii
Introduction1
1.Hardy and the Visual Arts13
2.Three Early Novels: Sketches in Form and Colour31
3.Far from the Madding Crowd: Perception and Understanding61
4.The Return of the Native and Literary Portraiture88
5.A Laodicean: Architecture as Symbol118
6.Visual Appearance and Psychological Reality in The Mayor of Casterbridge139
7.The Woodlanders: Impressionism and Modernism169
8.Patterns of Light and Dark in Tess of the d'Urbervilles191
9.The Well-Beloved: The Renunciation of Art223
10.Jude the Obscure: The Retreat from the Light234
Conclusion253
AppendixHardy and the Arctic259
Select Bibliography265
Index271

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