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Description - Thomas Hardy's Shorter Fiction by Sophie Gilmartin

This critical study of Hardy's short stories provides a thorough account of the ruling preoccupations and recurrent writing strategies of his entire corpus as well as providing detailed readings of several individual texts. It relates the formal choices imposed on Hardy as contributor to Blackwood's Magazine and other periodicals to the methods he employed to encode in fiction his troubled attitude towards the social politics of the West Country, where most of the stories are set. No previous criticism has shown how the powerful challenges to the reader mounted in Hardy's later stories reveal the complexity of his motivations during a period when he was moving progressively in the direction of exchanging fiction for poetry. Features * The only book to provide comprehensive criticism of Hardy's entire output of short stories. * The provision of extremely full, extremely detailed, close readings of a number of key stories enhances the book's attractiveness as a potential teaching resource. * Draws on the work of social historians to make clear the background of social and political unrest in Dorset that is partly uncovered and partly hidden in Hardy's portrayals of his fictional Wessex. * Offers fascinating insights into Hardy's near-obsession in his mature phase with the marriage contract, and with its legal binding of erratic men and women.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748632657
ISBN-10: 0748632654
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 28-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sophie Gilmartin

Sophie Gilmartin is Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London.Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at the University of Cambridge where he is a Fellow and Director of Studies at Jesus College.

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