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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198128588
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations xiii
Abbreviations xvii
Introduction 1
1. Hardy and the Visual Arts 13
2. Three Early Novels: Sketches in Form and Colour 31
3. Far from the Madding Crowd: Perception and Understanding 61
4. The Return of the Native and Literary Portraiture 88
5. A Laodicean: Architecture as Symbol 118
6. Visual Appearance and Psychological Reality in The Mayor of Casterbridge 139
7. The Woodlanders: Impressionism and Modernism 169
8. Patterns of Light and Dark in Tess of the d'Urbervilles 191
9. The Well-Beloved: The Renunciation of Art 223
10. Jude the Obscure: The Retreat from the Light 234
Conclusion 253
Appendix Hardy and the Arctic 259
Select Bibliography 265
Index 271
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