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Thomas Hardy in Context

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Phillip Mallett, David Amigoni, Trish Ferguson, William Greenslade, Simon Gatrell, Andrew Nash, Pamela Dalziel, Sarah Maier, Tim Dolin, Peter Robinson, Francis O'Gorman, K. K. Newton, Sophie Gilmartin, Francesco Marroni, Herbert Tucker, Christine Devine, Fred Reid, Jane Mattisson, Roger Ebbatson, Andrew Radford, Rebecca Welshman, Dennis Taylor, Adelene Buckland, Mary Rimmer, Shannon Fiske, Norman Vance, Mark Asquith, T. R. Wright, Melanie Williams, Angelique Richardson, Jenny Bourne Taylor, Ann Heilmann, Carolyn Burdett, Elizabeth Langland, Keith Wilson, Patrick Parrinder, Jane Bownas, Rena Jackson, Glen Wickens, John Hughes, Jane Thomas, Michael Herbert, John Osborne, Roger Webster
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  • Date Published: December 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107454217

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  • This collection covers the range of Thomas Hardy's works and their social and intellectual contexts, providing a comprehensive introduction to Hardy's life and times. Featuring short, lively contributions from forty-three international scholars, the volume explores the processes by which Hardy the man became Hardy the published writer; the changing critical responses to his work; his response to the social and political challenges of his time; his engagement with contemporary intellectual debate; and his legacy in the twentieth century and after. Emphasizing the subtle and ongoing interaction between Hardy's life, his creative achievement, and the unique historical moment, the collection also examines Hardy's relationship to such issues as class, education, folklore, archeology and anthropology, evolution, marriage and masculinity, empire, and the arts. A valuable contextual reference for scholars of Victorian and modernist literature, the collection will also prove accessible for the general reader of Hardy.

    • Provides the fullest coverage in a single volume of the many social and intellectual changes Hardy encountered in his long life
    • Includes forty-three short, accessible essays covering the range of Hardy's life and work as both a novelist and a poet
    • Essays provide the sort of contextual knowledge to which a tutor or editor would wish to refer his students or readers
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    "The anthology's absorbing "Historical and Cultural Context" section sheds light on Hardy's interests in anthropology, law, geology, sociology, and "Englishness". Contributors provide abundant endnotes and broad-ranging sources, and the "Further Reading" section and index are excellent. … Hardy, the "Wessex" creator, is fortunate to have such impressive material available for modern readers and serious students of Victorian literature … Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."
    S. A. Parker, Choice

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    • Date Published: December 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107454217
    • length: 570 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Note on editions
    List of abbreviations
    Chronology Phillip Mallett
    Part I. Life and Works:
    1. Life and life David Amigoni
    2. Memoirs and recollections Trish Ferguson
    3. Friendships William Greenslade
    4. The public Hardy Simon Gatrell
    5. Serial into volume Andrew Nash
    6. Illustration Pamela Dalziel
    Part II. Critical Fortunes:
    7. Critical responses I: the novels to 1970 Sarah Maier
    8. Critical responses II: the novels from 1970 Tim Dolin
    9. Hardy's poets as his critics Peter Robinson
    Part III. The Literary Scene:
    10. Thomas Hardy and realism Francis O'Gorman
    11. Tragedy and the novel K. K. Newton
    12. Hardy and the short story Sophie Gilmartin
    13. Poet, poetry, poem Francesco Marroni
    14. The Dynasts in epic context Herbert Tucker
    Part IV. The Historical and Cultural Context:
    15. Hardy and social class Christine Devine
    16. 'The Dorsetshire Labourer' Fred Reid
    17. Education and social class Jane Mattisson
    18. Hardy and the sociological imagination Roger Ebbatson
    19. Folklore and anthropology Andrew Radford
    20. Archaeology Rebecca Welshman
    21. The Victorian philological contexts of Hardy's poetry Dennis Taylor
    22. Physics, geology, astronomy Adelene Buckland
    23. Culture Mary Rimmer
    24. Hardy and hellenism Shannon Fiske
    25. Faith and doubt Norman Vance
    26. Hardy's philosophy Mark Asquith
    27. Positivism: Comte and Mill T. R. Wright
    28. Hardy and the law Melanie Williams
    29. Hardy, Darwin and The Origin of Species Phillip Mallett
    30. Heredity Angelique Richardson
    31. Psychology Jenny Bourne Taylor
    32. Marriage Ann Heilmann
    33. The new woman Carolyn Burdett
    34. Hardy and masculinity Elizabeth Langland
    35. Hardy's London Keith Wilson
    36. Hardy and Englishness Patrick Parrinder
    37. Empire Jane Bownas and Rena Jackson
    38. Hardy, militarism and war Glen Wickens
    39. Hardy and music John Hughes
    40. Thomas Hardy and the visual arts Jane Thomas
    Part V. Legacies:
    41. Lawrence's Hardy Michael Herbert
    42. Larkin's Hardy John Osborne
    43. Hardy on film Roger Webster
    Further reading.

  • Editor

    Phillip Mallett, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Phillip Mallett is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of St Andrews. He has edited a number of collections of essays, including Satire, Kipling Considered, Thomas Hardy: Texts and Contexts and The Achievement of Thomas Hardy, as well as critical editions of both The Return of the Native and The Mayor of Casterbridge. His book, Rudyard Kipling: A Literary Life, was published in 2003.

    Contributors

    Phillip Mallett, David Amigoni, Trish Ferguson, William Greenslade, Simon Gatrell, Andrew Nash, Pamela Dalziel, Sarah Maier, Tim Dolin, Peter Robinson, Francis O'Gorman, K. K. Newton, Sophie Gilmartin, Francesco Marroni, Herbert Tucker, Christine Devine, Fred Reid, Jane Mattisson, Roger Ebbatson, Andrew Radford, Rebecca Welshman, Dennis Taylor, Adelene Buckland, Mary Rimmer, Shannon Fiske, Norman Vance, Mark Asquith, T. R. Wright, Melanie Williams, Angelique Richardson, Jenny Bourne Taylor, Ann Heilmann, Carolyn Burdett, Elizabeth Langland, Keith Wilson, Patrick Parrinder, Jane Bownas, Rena Jackson, Glen Wickens, John Hughes, Jane Thomas, Michael Herbert, John Osborne, Roger Webster

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