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Hardy in History

A Study in Literary Sociology, 1st Edition

By Peter Widdowson


270 pages

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First published in 1989, this study investigates Hardy not so much in terms of his novels but as he has been constituted as a major figure in English literature. Using Hardy as a case-study, it looks at how a ‘great writer’ is produced in sociological terms, analysing the critical, cultural and ideological factors involved. By exposing this construction, the book seeks to release Hardy from the constraints imposed by orthodox literary history.

This book will be of interest to those studying nineteenth-century literature.

Table of Contents

List of plates; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Literature: criticism, and history; Part I: Making ‘Thomas Hardy’: A Critiography; 1. The critical constitution of ‘Thomas Hardy’ 2. ‘Thomas Hardy’ in education 3. ‘Tragedies of modern life’? ‘Thomas Hardy on radio, TV, and film; Part II: Remaking Thomas Hardy; Hardy and social class: reading The Life 5. Hardy and social class: The Hand of Ethelberta 6. Another ‘Wessex’; another ‘Thomas Hardy’; Notes; References; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century