First published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
` the most profound and comprehensive discussion I know of the representation of women and of female sexuality in the novels of Thomas Hardy … It is a major revisionary study of Hardy's study of female sexuality and of the political and social implications of that treatment.' - J. Hillis Miller, University of California
`She is perceptive, not to say exhaustive, in her detection of sexual imagery and metaphor … her main case is irrefutable and … shrewdly underlines Hardy's achievement in questioning the traditional portrayal of female sexuality.' - Times Literary Supplement
`Dr Morgan has many illuminating insights, especially in her shrewd analysis of Sue's and Jude's weaknesses.' - Contemporary Review
`Dr Morgan's book, and particularly her analysis of human relationships in Jude the Obscure … bear witness to Hardy's importance as a novelist who significantly helped to change the attitudes of later generations.' - Western Gazette
`Just as Hardy's novels called for a reassessment and revision of woman's social condition, so the author of this study call for reappraisal of criticism of the novels.' - EMW, Studies on Women Abstracts
`… clear and accessible.' - Merryn Williams, Notes and Queries