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Ambivalence in Hardy : A Study of His Attitude Towards Women - Shanta Dutta

Ambivalence in Hardy

A Study of His Attitude Towards Women

Hardcover Published: 5th May 2000
ISBN: 9780333744864
Number Of Pages: 256

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Here the Hardy canon is challenged through the analysis of two 'minor' novels, The Hand of Ethelberta and Two on a Tower, and with the help of manuscript evidence a revolutionary re-reading of The Woodlanders is offered. Generous references to Hardy's letters, autobiography, literary notebooks, marginalia, and the letters of his two wives seek to blend a biographical approach with a feminist reading. Parallelisms between Hardy's fiction and that of contemporary feminist writers are explored to suggest mutual literary influence. Hardy's relations with contemporary women writers, especially his protegees and his 'scribbling' wives, are discussed in unprecedented detail. An analysis of the short stories makes a case for Hardy as the champion of 'Woman as Victim', while his changing responses to the Suffrage movement suggest a deep-rooted ambivalence that makes any glib appropriation of Hardy under the feminist banner too simplistic. This book thus highlights the tensions and contradictions between Hardy the apologist for women and Hardy the alleged misogynist.

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...Dutta's intelligent and eloquent study of the novelist's ambivalent attitute toward women offers material not otherwise obtainable... Choice

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The Critics' Debatep. 1
The Hand of Ethelbertap. 23
The Return of the Nativep. 37
Two on a Towerp. 57
The Woodlandersp. 73
The Short Stories of the 1890sp. 93
Jude the Obscurep. 111
Hardy, his Wives, and his Literary Protegeesp. 131
Hardy and Some Contemporary Female Writersp. 161
Conclusion: 'A Confused Heap of Impressions'p. 199
Notesp. 221
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780333744864
ISBN-10: 0333744861
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 5th May 2000
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1