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Thomas Hardy
     

Thomas Hardy

by Julian Wolfreys, John Peck (Editor), Martin Coyle (Editor)
 

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No other major author of the nineteenth century has arguably produced as much critical activity as Thomas Hardy. This stimulating and timely new study offers fresh perspectives on his work, exploring the various philosophical views of critics with close textual analysis of Hardy's novels

Thomas Hardy

presents detailed readings of all of the novels, moving

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No other major author of the nineteenth century has arguably produced as much critical activity as Thomas Hardy. This stimulating and timely new study offers fresh perspectives on his work, exploring the various philosophical views of critics with close textual analysis of Hardy's novels

Thomas Hardy

presents detailed readings of all of the novels, moving beyond the ever popular Tess of the D'uberviles and judge the obscure to provide original analyses of other key works such as Desperate Remedies, under the Greenwood Tree, Far from the madding Crowd and The Mayor of Casterbridge

includes discussion of Hardy's poems where relevant in order to serve as a counterpoint to the main texts and to highlight particular issues

sets forth a provocative argument that hardy is not of his time but anticipates modernism and contemporary philosophical questions of being, historicity and subjectivity, as these are in turn inflected by material concerns of the late nineteenth century.

Focusing on the tensions between the archaic and the modern in Hardy's novels, this insightful books is essential reading for anyone interested in the work of this fascinating and widely-studied author.

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"Hardy and Wolfreys make a delicious match. What's finest about this book is Wolfreys' ability to prod us into play, opening up new possibilities for wandering inside a Hardy text" -- James R. Kincaid, University of Southern California

"An invaluable introduction to the writing of Thomas Hardy" -- Lawrence Phillips, University of Northampton, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333922491
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
11/10/2009
Series:
Critical Issues Series
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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From the Publisher

'Hardy and Wolfreys make a delicious match. What's finest about this book is Wolfreys' ability to prod us into play, opening up new possibilities for wandering inside a Hardy text.'

- James R. Kincaid, University of Southern California, USA

'An invaluable introduction to the writing of Thomas Hardy.'

- Lawrence Phillips, University of Northampton, UK

'...immensely readable; the narrative is lively, convincing and written with a sense of humour.' - The Thomas Hardy Society Journal

Meet the Author

JULIAN WOLFREYS is Professor of Modern Literature and Culture at Loughborough University, UK. He has written and edited numerous books on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and literary theory, and is the series editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Transitions series.

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