Thomas Hardy's Shorter Fiction: A Critical Study

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This critical study of Hardy's short stories provides a thorough account of the ruling preoccupations and recurrent writing strategies of his entire corpus as well as providing detailed readings of several individual texts. It relates the formal choices imposed on Hardy as contributor to Blackwood's Magazine and other periodicals to the methods he employed to encode in fiction his troubled attitude towards the social politics of the West Country, where most of the stories are set. No previous criticism has shown ...
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Overview

This critical study of Hardy's short stories provides a thorough account of the ruling preoccupations and recurrent writing strategies of his entire corpus as well as providing detailed readings of several individual texts. It relates the formal choices imposed on Hardy as contributor to Blackwood's Magazine and other periodicals to the methods he employed to encode in fiction his troubled attitude towards the social politics of the West Country, where most of the stories are set. No previous criticism has shown how the powerful challenges to the reader mounted in Hardy's later stories reveal the complexity of his motivations during a period when he was moving progressively in the direction of exchanging fiction for poetry.

About the Author:
Sophie Gilmartin is a Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London

About the Author:
Rod Mengham is a Reader in Modern English Literature at the University of Cambridge where he is a Fellow and Director of Studies at Jesus College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748691173
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Pages: 208

Meet the Author

Sophie Gilmartin is Reader in English at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at the University of Cambridge where he is a Fellow and Director of Studies at Jesus College. He is the author of books on Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, Henry Green and The Descent of Language. He has edited or co-edited three collections of essays on contemporary fiction, two collections on Australian poetry, and single volumes on the fiction of th 1940s, and on violence and avant-garde art.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgements     xi
Textual Note     xii
Wessex Tales     1
A Group of Noble Dames     53
Life's Little Ironies     93
A Changed Man     117
Select Bibliography     136
Index     141
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