Thomas Hardy Reappraised: Essays in Honour of Michael Millgate

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As a writer who achieved major eminence in both fiction and poetry and whose engagement with these genres encompassed the period of transition from Victorianism to Modernism, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) enjoys a unique position in English Literary History. Michael Millgate, University Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Toronto is widely recognized as the world's foremost Thomas Hardy scholar. His contributions to the study of Hardy over more than three decades include his recently 'revisited' ...

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Overview

As a writer who achieved major eminence in both fiction and poetry and whose engagement with these genres encompassed the period of transition from Victorianism to Modernism, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) enjoys a unique position in English Literary History. Michael Millgate, University Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Toronto is widely recognized as the world's foremost Thomas Hardy scholar. His contributions to the study of Hardy over more than three decades include his recently 'revisited' biography, the seven volume edition of Hardy's collected letters, and the influential critical study Thomas Hardy: His Career as a Novelist.

In Thomas Hardy Reappraised, editor Keith Wilson pays tribute to Millgate's many contributions to Hardy studies by bringing together new work by fifteen of the world's most eminent Hardy scholars. These essays address questions of biblical and literary allusiveness, cultural, historical, and philosophical context, narrative and poetic theory and practice, as well as Hardy's place in the modern world and his influence on younger writers. Together, the contributors offer one of the most significant reappraisals of Hardy's work to have appeared since Michael Millgate helped to transform Hardy studies. They offer graphic testimony to Hardy's enduring popularity and importance.

Contributors:
Pamela Dalziel
Mary Rimmer
Dennis Taylor
Barbara Hardy
U.C. Knoepflmacher
Marjorie Garson
Ruth Bernard Yeazell
Simon Gatrell
J. Hillis Miller
George Levine
Jeremy V. Steele
William W. Morgan
Samuel Hynes
Norman Page
W. J. Keith

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802039552
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Wilson is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.
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Table of Contents

Preface by Keith Wilson

  1. The Gospel According to Hardy
    Pamela Dalziel

  1. ‘My Scripture Manner’: Reading Hardy’s Biblical and Liturgical Allusion
    Mary Rimmer

  1. Hardy and Hamlet
    Dennis Taylor

  1. Literary Allusion: Hardy and Other Poets
    Barbara Hardy

  1. Hardy’s Subterranean Child
    U. C. Knoepflmacher

  1. Written in Stone: Hardy’s Grotesque Sublime
    Marjorie Garson

  1. Hardy’s Rural Painting of the Dutch School
    Ruth Bernard Yeazell

  1. The Erotics of Dress in A Pair of Blue Eyes
    Simon Gatrell

  1. Individual and Community in The Return of the Native: A Reappraisal
    J. Hillis Miller

  1. The Woodlanders and the Darwinian Grotesque
    George Levine

  1. Plato and the Love-Goddess: Paganism in Two Versions of The Well-Beloved
    Jeremy V. Steele

  1. Aesthetics and Thematics in Hardy’s Volumes of Verse: the Example of Time’s Laughingstocks
    William W. Morgan

  1. Hardy and the Battle God
    Samuel Hynes

  1. Opening Time: Hardy’s Poetic Thresholds
    Norman Page

  1. Hardy and the Powyses
    W. J. Keith

Selected Checklist of Hardy-Related Publications by Michael Millgate

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