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Thomas Hardy's Short Stories
New Perspectives

ISBN 9780367881931
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

Thomas Hardy penned nearly fifty short stories, but in spite of this impressive number, his contributions to the genre have been relatively understudied. Bringing together an international group of scholars, this is the first edited collection devoted solely to Hardy's works of short fiction. The contributors take up topics related to their publication in periodicals, gender and community relationships, and narrative techniques. Taken together, the essays show that Hardy's short stories are important, not only for what they tell us about Hardy as a writer who straddles the divide between the traditionalist and the modernist, but also for how they reflect and inform the period in which he wrote.

Table of Contents


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Part One: Periodical Publication

1 Neither Tales nor Short Stories: Issues of Authorship, Readership, and Publishing in A

Group of Noble Dames

Graham Law

2 "Moonlight Nights": Hardy, Christmas, and the Illustrated London News

Siobhan Craft Brownson

Part Two: Gender Relationships

3"Getting life-leased at all cost": Marriage in Hardy’s Late Short Stories

Suzanne Flynn

4 Pregnant by a Portrait: The Dynamics of Desire for Hardy’s

"Imaginative Woman"

Deborah Manion

5"Imaginative Sentiment": Love, Letters, and Literacy in Thomas Hardy’s Shorter Fiction

Karin Koehler

Part Three: Community Relationships

6 Hardy and Humor: The Mores of Wessex

Juliette Berning Schaefer

7 Love, Deception, and Disguise in A Few Crusted Characters

JoAnna Stephens Mink

Part Four: Narrative Technique

8 "To Correct the Misrelation": Reading Hardy’s Wessex Tales

Neelanjana Basu

9 Representations of the Body in Hardy’s Life’s Little Ironies

Carolina Paganine

10 Hardy’s Mercurial Narrator: "Breaking the Frame" in "A Changed Man"

Keith Callis

Notes on Contributors


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Juliette Berning Schaefer is Associate Professor of English at Ohio Dominican University, USA, and Siobhan Craft Brownson is Associate Professor of English at Winthrop University, USA.