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Thomas Hardy and Contemporary Literary Studies - Tim Dolin

Thomas Hardy and Contemporary Literary Studies

By: Tim Dolin (Editor), Peter Widdowson (Editor)

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For more than thirty years, books and essays on Thomas Hardy have been at the forefront of developments in academic literary studies. This collection brings together exciting new readings of Hardy's work by established and emerging critics which also reflect on continuities and changes in contemporary literary studies. Covering a wide range of topics and approaches, "Thomas Hardy and Contemporary Literary Studies" shows how Hardy's writing continues to provoke its readers to re-examine important issues in literary criticism and critical and cultural theory. Contributors include Terry Eagleton and J. Hillis Miller.

'The excellence of this collection lies in its achieving its two central aims: to provide 'theoretical demonstrations' - examples or models of reading Hardy's stories and poems in light of a variety of critical theories - and, while doing so, to analyze important characteristic features of the stories and poems. The result is a series of always lucid, frequently brilliant, essays by well-known English, Australian, and American writers. While adopting famous theoretical concepts with a skill that will allow students to see the grounds for their approaches, the authors bring to bear on Hardy remarkable insight and originality that will reward the professional reader and enthusiast.' - Dale Kramer, Professor of English Emeritus, University of Illinois

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. x
A Note on Texts Usedp. xii
Introduction: Hardy and Literary Studies at the Turn of the Centuryp. 1
Flesh and Spirit in Thomas Hardyp. 14
Hardy and the Limits of Culturalismp. 23
Speech Acts, Decisions, and Community in The Mayor of Casterbridgep. 36
Hardy or James? Thoughts on Academic Literary Discrimination Todayp. 54
Hardy, Barbarism, and the Transformations of Modernityp. 65
A Laodicean: Hardy and the Philosophy of Moneyp. 80
Story, History, Allegory: Some Ironies of Jude the Obscure from a Benjamin Perspectivep. 99
The Contemporary, the All: Liberal Politics and the Origins of Wessexp. 116
'Saying that now you are not as you were': Hardy's 'Poems of 1912-13'p. 138
Hardy, History, and Recorded Musicp. 153
Hardy and Contemporary Textual Studies: Authorial Intention in The Trumpet-Majorp. 167
Thomas Hardy at the End of Two Centuries: From Page to Screenp. 178
Notesp. 199
Works Citedp. 210
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780333994450
ISBN-10: 0333994450
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 227
Published: 7th April 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1