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Title:
The Cambridge companion to Thomas Hardy
Author:
Kramer, Dale, 1936-
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxvi, 231 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Thomas Hardy: the biographical sources / Michael Millgate -- Wessex / Simon Gatrell -- Art and aesthetics / Norman Page -- The influence of religion, science, and philosophy on Hardy's writings / Robert Schweik -- Hardy and critical theory / Peter Widdowson -- Thomas Hardy and matters of gender / Kristin Brady -- Variants on genre: The return of the native, The mayor of Casterbridge, The hand of Ethelberta / Jakob Lothe -- The patriarchy of class: Under the greenwood tree, Far from the madding crowd, The woodlanders / Penny Boumelha -- The radical aesthetic of Tess of the d'Urbervilles / Linda M. Shires -- Hardy and readers: Jude the obscure / Dale Kramer -- Hardy as a nineteenth-century poet / Dennis Taylor -- The modernity of Thomas Hardy's poetry / John Paul Riquelme.
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ISBN:
9780521562027

9780521566926
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Summary

Thomas Hardy's fiction has had a remarkably strong appeal for general readers for decades, and his poetry has been acclaimed as among the most influential of the twentieth century. His work still creates passionate advocacy and opposition. The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Hardy is an essential introduction to this most enigmatic of writers. These commissioned essays from an international team of contributors comprises a general overview of all Hardy' s work and specific demonstrations of Hardy's ideas and literary skills. Individual essays explore Hardy's biography, aesthetics, his famous attachment to Wessex, and the impact on his work of developments in science, religion and philosophy in the late nineteenth century. Hardy's writing is also analysed against developments in contemporary critical theory and issues such as sexuality and gender. The volume also contains a detailed chronology of Hardy's life and publications, and a guide to further reading.


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Author of Thomas Hardy: The Forms of Tragedy (CH, Sep'75) and editor of Critical Essays on Thomas Hardy (1990) and Critical Approaches to the Fiction of Thomas Hardy (CH, Oct'80), Kramer (Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) assembled a team of international scholars who lay out sensible approaches to understanding Hardy's works. Aiming at both first-time and advanced readers of Hardy, the essayists attempt to provide "a dispassionate survey of general characteristics and specific demonstrations of Hardy's ideas and skills" and to help nonspecialist readers come to "their own admiration" of Hardy's work. Essays explore Hardy's life, aesthetics, and attachment to Wessex; the impact on his work of late 19th-century developments in science, religion, and philosophy; and issues of sexuality and gender. Two essays on the author as 19th- and 20th-century poet invite fresh perspectives. Other essays offer ideas old and new to ponder, including how Hardy's study of Gothic architecture and his readings of philosophers Ludwig Feuerbach and Auguste Comte influenced his work. Michael Millgate provides an essential overview of biographical sources. Well equipped with notes, suggestions for further reading, and a chronology of Hardy's life and publications, this volume will be a reliable, trusted companion for serious upper-division undergraduate students and scholars and for sophisticated general readers. R. F. Cayton; Marietta College


Table of Contents

Michael MillgateSimon GatrellNorman PageRobert SchweikPeter WiddowsonKristin BradyJacob LothePenny BoumelhaLinda M., ShiresDale KramerDennis TaylorJohn Paul Riquelme
Notes and contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
A chronology of Hardy's life and Publicationsp. xviii
List of abbreviations and textsp. xxiii
1 Thomas Hardy: the biographical sourcep. 1
2 Wessexp. 19
3 Art and aestheticsp. 38
4 The influence of religion, science, and philosophy on Hardy's writingsp. 54
5 Hardy and critical theoryp. 73
6 Thomas Hardy and matters of genderp. 93
7 Variants on genre: The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Hand of Ethelbertap. 112
8 The patriarchy of class: Under the Greenwood Tree, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Woodlandersp. 130
9 The radical aesthetic of Tess of the d'Urbervillesp. 145
10 Hardy and readers: Jude the Obscurep. 164
11 Hardy as a nineteenth-century poetp. 183
12 The modernity of Thomas Hardy's poetryp. 204
Indexp. 224

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