This sourcebook offers an introduction to Thomas Hardy's crucial novel, offering:
- a contextual overview, a chronology and reprinted contemporary documents, including a selection of Hardy's poems
- an overview of the book's early reception and recent critical fortunes, as well as a wide range of reprinted extracts from critical works
- key passages from the novel, reprinted with editorial comment and cross-referenced within the volume to contextual and critical documents
- suggestions for further reading and a list of relevant web resources.
For students on a wide range of courses, this sourcebook offers the essential stepping-stone from a basic reading knowledge to an advanced understanding of Hardy's best-known novel.
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 / Books & Reading