Thomas Hardy was the foremost novelist of his time, as well as an established poet. Author of Jude the Obscure and Far from the Madding Crowd, Hardy reflected in his works the dynamics of social, intellectual and aesthetic change in nineteenth-century England.
This guide provides students with a lucid introduction to Hardy's life and works and the basis for a sound comprehension of his work, including:
- the major aspects of Hardy's life in the context of contemporary culture
- a detailed commentary on Hardy's most important work and a critical map of Hardy's complete writing
- an outline of the vast body of criticism that has built up around Hardy's work with examples of recent critical debate.
Exposition and guide, this volume enables readers to form their own readings of one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century.
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations and Referencing Introduction Part 1: Life and Contexts Part 2: Work Part 3: Criticism Chronology Bibliography. Index
About the Series
Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.
Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.
Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- LITERARY CRITICISM / General
- LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
- LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory