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The Return of the Native: Saint George Defeated
     

The Return of the Native: Saint George Defeated

by Brian Thomas, Thomas Hardy
 

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With its unity of time and setting, its careful patterning of visual motifs and almost choreographic groupings of characters, and its skillful use of repetition and variation, The Return of the Native established new standards of both craftsmanship and art. In this insightful study of Thomas Hardy's 1878 masterwork, Brian Thomas argues that the novel's unique power is

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With its unity of time and setting, its careful patterning of visual motifs and almost choreographic groupings of characters, and its skillful use of repetition and variation, The Return of the Native established new standards of both craftsmanship and art. In this insightful study of Thomas Hardy's 1878 masterwork, Brian Thomas argues that the novel's unique power is related to its operatic quality: while often melodramatic and sometimes verging on the absurd, the sense of passion and pathos is always on the grand scale.

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Thomas (Writing Workshop at Victoria College, U. of Toronto) analyzes Hardy's Return of the Native, arguing that Hardy was not an "unconscious genius," and that his narratives are unified by carefully established antithetical polarities of metaphor and perspective. He examines how Christian and pagan myths apply to the novel, and points out the irony in Hardy's use of the sun-hero myth by paralleling the legend of Saint George with a "hero" who turns out to be impotent. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780805781175
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
07/01/1995
Series:
Twayne's Masterwork Studies Series , #15
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.50(d)

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