Thomas Hardy

Overview

Thomas Hardy was the foremost novelist of his time, as well as an established poet. Author of Jude the Obscure and Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy reflected in his works the dynamics of social, intellectual and aesthetic change in nineteenth-century England.
This guide provides students with a lucid introduction to Hardy's life and works and the basis for a sound comprehension of his work, including:

• the major aspects of Hardy's life in the...

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Overview

Thomas Hardy was the foremost novelist of his time, as well as an established poet. Author of Jude the Obscure and Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy reflected in his works the dynamics of social, intellectual and aesthetic change in nineteenth-century England.
This guide provides students with a lucid introduction to Hardy's life and works and the basis for a sound comprehension of his work, including:

• the major aspects of Hardy's life in the context of contemporary culture
• a detailed commentary on Hardy's most important work and a critical map of Hardy's complete writing
• an outline of the vast body of criticism that has built up around Hardy's work with examples of recent critical debate.

Exposition and guide, this volume enables readers to form their own readings of one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415234924
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/9/2003
  • Series: Routledge Guides to Literature Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Harvey is Head of Department of English, University of Reading.

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Table of Contents

Series editors' preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and referencing
Introduction 1
Pt. I Life and Contexts 3
a Rural childhood 5
b Architect and autodidact 8
c Young man in London 13
d Apprentice novelist: Cornwall and love 16
e Far From the Madding Crowd: fame and marriage 21
f Nomadic novelist 24
g Dorchester, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and high society 30
h Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure, and the abandonment of fiction 34
i Emergence of the poet 40
j Emma's death; marriage to Florence 45
k Moments of Vision and writing The Life of Thomas Hardy 49
l Final years 50
Pt. II Work 55
Hardy's categorisation of his fiction 57
a Major novels 58
b Lesser novels 94
c Short stories 114
d Poetry 119
e The Dynasts 136
f The Life and Work of Thomas Hardy 139
Pt. III Criticism 143
a Tragedy 146
b Wessex 152
c Humanist formalism 158
d Structuralism and deconstruction 164
e Psychoanalytic approaches 167
f Marxist criticism 175
g Feminist and gender studies 182
h Poetry 190
i Other topics and issues 197
Chronology 205
Bibliography 209
Index 219
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