Hardy and the Erotic

Author: T.R. Wright

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349090190

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 150

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Hardy's Wessex, according to T.R.Wright, is a world dominated by desire which anticipates not only Freud, Hardy's contemporary, but such radical modern thinkers as Barthes, Foucault and Lacan, whose ideas are summarized in the opening chapters.

The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Hardy

Author: Dale Kramer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139825550

Category: Literary Criticism

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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.

Under the Greenwood Tree

Author: Thomas Hardy

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191640794

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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This edition presents a critically established text based on comparisons of every revised version. Hardy placed this tale among his Novels of Character and Environment, a group which is held to include his most characteristic work. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Thomas Hardy and Desire

Conceptions of the Self

Author: Jane Thomas

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137305061

Category: Social Science

Page: 233

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Drawing on a broad concept of desire, informed by poststructuralist theorists this book examines the range of Hardy's work. It demonstrates the sustained nature of his thinking about desire, its relationship to the social and symbolic network in which human subjectivity is constituted and art's potential to offer fulfilment to the desiring subject.

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Author: Thomas Hardy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440637644

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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One of Hardy’s most powerful novels, The Mayor of Casterbridge opens with a shocking and haunting scene: In a drunken rage, Michael Henchard sells his wife and daughter to a visiting sailor at a local fair. When they return to Casterbridge some nineteen years later, Henchard—having gained power and success as the mayor—finds he cannot erase the past or the guilt that consumes him. The Mayor of Casterbridge is a rich, psychological novel about a man whose own flaws combine with fate to cause his ruin. This Modern Library Paperback Classic reprints the authoritative 1912 Wessex edition, as well as Hardy’s map of Wessex.

Thomas Hardy, Sensationalism, and the Melodramatic Mode

Author: R. Nemesvari

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230118844

Category: Fiction

Page: 245

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The first full-length study of sensationalist and melodramatic elements in Hardy's novels uses six of his texts to demonstrate the ways in which Hardy uses the melodramatic mode to advance his critique of established Victorian cultural beliefs through the employment of non-realistic plot devices and sensational 'excess.'

Thomas Hardy

Author: Geoffrey Harvey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134565364

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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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.

Hardy and His Readers

Author: T. Wright

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230596193

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 241

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This study examines Hardy's prolonged struggle with his contemporary readers, whose bourgeois values he despised. Initially content to compromise, to provide them with congenial entertainment, Hardy resorted at first to strategies of subversion, smuggling material past his editors and finally to outspoken attack. Professor T. R. Wright attempts to balance historical research into the response of 'actual' readers and the material conditions of publishing with literary-critical analysis of the 'implied' reader inscribed in the novels themselves.

Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles

A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

Author: Scott McEathron

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317797175

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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This sourcebook offers an introduction to Thomas Hardy's crucial novel, offering: a contextual overview, a chronology and reprinted contemporary documents, including a selection of Hardy's poems an overview of the book's early reception and recent critical fortunes, as well as a wide range of reprinted extracts from critical works key passages from the novel, reprinted with editorial comment and cross-referenced within the volume to contextual and critical documents suggestions for further reading and a list of relevant web resources. For students on a wide range of courses, this sourcebook offers the essential stepping-stone from a basic reading knowledge to an advanced understanding of Hardy's best-known novel.

Thomas Hardy: 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles'

Author: Cedric Watts

Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 80

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This critical and contextual study by a distinguished critic sheds new light on Hardy’s famous novel of rural life, sexual desire and tragic irony. The co-ordinating theme of this study is that Hardy designed Tess of the d’Urbervilles to be controversial, and it has surpassed his design. An initial biographical chapter relates Tess to Hardy’s career: the novel caused scandal but brought him wealth. Next, the work’s process of composition is discussed, and differences between the censored serial and the book versions are explained. An analysis of the plot gives particular attention to its ironic strategies, and a further section deals with problematic aspects of characterisation, including the views of the narrator. Various themes and contexts are explored, notably Hardy’s attitudes to religion, evolution, politics and sexuality. There follows a discussion of selected literary aspects: naturalism and realism, leitmotifs and thematic patterns, optical effects and defamiliarisation, and the use of specialised vocabularies. Hardy’s descriptive powers when rendering the rural world receive particular analysis. A critical survey then summarises critical approaches to this novel between Hardy’s day and the present.

Eventfulness in British Fiction

Author: Peter Hühn,Markus Kempf

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110213648

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 213

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An event is here defined as the decisive turn, the surprising point in the plot of a narrative, which constitutes its tellability, the motivation for reading it. The book describes a framework for the narratological definition of this term and its dependence on the historical, socio-cultural and literary context. A series of analyses of canonical British novels and tales, from the early modern period to the end of the 20th century, demonstrates in detail how this concept can be put into practice for a specific contextual interpretation of the eventfulness of these texts.

Catholicism, Sexual Deviance, and Victorian Gothic Culture

Author: Patrick R. O'Malley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139458914

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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It has long been recognised that the Gothic genre sensationalised beliefs and practices associated with Catholicism. Often, the rhetorical tropes and narrative structures of the Gothic, with its lurid and supernatural plots, were used to argue that both Catholicism and sexual difference were fundamentally alien and threatening to British Protestant culture. Ultimately, however, the Gothic also provided an imaginative space in which unconventional writers from John Henry Newman to Oscar Wilde could articulate an alternative vision of British culture. Patrick O'Malley charts these developments from the origins of the Gothic novel in the mid-eighteenth century, through the mid-nineteenth-century sensation novel, toward the end of the Victorian Gothic in Bram Stoker's Dracula and Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. O'Malley foregrounds the continuing importance of Victorian Gothic as a genre through which British authors defined their culture and what was outside it.

Thomas Hardy on Screen

Author: T. R. Wright

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521840813

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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A stimulating collection of essays analysing adaptations of this most cinematic of novelists.

And Never Know the Joy

Sex and the Erotic in English Poetry

Author: C. C. Barfoot

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042020768

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 490

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“And Never Know the Joy” : Sex and the Erotic in English Poetry promises the reader much to enjoy and to reflect on: riddles and sex games; the grammar of relationships; the cunning psychology of bodily fantasies; sexuality as the ambiguous performance of words; the allure of music and its instruments; the erotics of death and remembrance, are just a few of the initial themes that emerge from the twenty-five articles to be found in this volume, with many an invitation “to seize the day”. Reproduction, pregnancy, and fear; discredited and degraded libertines; the ventriloquism of sexual objects; the ease with which men are reduced to impotence by the carnality of women; orgasm and melancholy; erotic mysticism and religious sexuality; the potency and dangers of fruit and flowers; the delights of the recumbent male body and of dancing girls; the fertile ritual use of poetic texts; striptease and revolution; silent women reclaimed as active vessels, are amongst the many engaging topics that emerge out of the ongoing and entertaining scholarly discussion of sex and eroticism in English poetry.

Far From the Madding Crowd

Author: Thomas Hardy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101535202

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Gabriel Oaks observes Bathsheba Everdene, the young mistress of Weatherbury Farm, fall victim to bad decisions and romantic impulses, unaware of the stroke of fate that will finally bring about their union.