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Thomas Hardy and paradoxes of love, H.M. Daleski

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Thomas Hardy and paradoxes of love
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Thomas Hardy and paradoxes of love
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H.M. Daleski
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eng
Summary
  • Emphasizing the vast changes in literary criticism that have occurred during the last thirty years, H.M. Daleski reexamines Thomas Hardy's novels in the novelist's own terms, presenting a revisionary account of his treatment of gender. He also shows that Hardy was not as sexist as is asserted in much feminist criticism and that his female characters are sympathetically portrayed as the centers of his fictional worlds. By carefully analyzing the novels, Daleski refutes the generally accepted reason for Hardy's abandonment of fiction at the height of his powers, claiming that he drove himself to a dead end in Jude the Obscure. Daleski studies Hardy within his Victorian context, but he also shows that both in his depiction of sexuality and in his technical innovations Hardy was ahead of his time. In these respects Hardy deserves to be regarded as a forerunner of the great modernists. In Thomas Hardy and Paradoxes of Love, Daleski offers acute and thoughtful analyses of Hardy's major novels. Avoiding critical jargon, the author has made his book accessible to all readers with an interest in Hardy and his novels, as well as in the study of gender in English literature
  • "Emphasizing the vast changes in literary criticism that have occurred during the last thirty years, H. M. Daleski reexamines Thomas Hardy's novels in the novelist's own terms, presenting a revisionary account of his treatment of gender. He also shows that Hardy was not as sexist as is asserted in much feminist criticism and that his female characters are sympathetically portrayed as the centers of his fictional worlds. By carefully analyzing the novels, Daleski refutes the generally accepted reason for Hardy's abandonment of fiction at the height of his powers, claiming that he drove himself to a dead end in Jude the Obscure. The typical Hardy plot places a female protagonist in a love triangle with two male protagonists who are portrayed as polar opposites. The womanþcontradicting a general view of her as victimþis always granted the freedom of choice of a marriage partner. She invariably makes the wrong choice, which leads to a bad marriage and disastrous sexual relationships. As this scenario is played out in most of Hardy's novels, the men are presented as distinct types, the types being depicted with rich diversity and with steadily greater psychological depth. Hardy's rendering of sexuality in both his male and his female characters is marked by its originality and profundity. In his intuitions about sexual relations, Daleski maintains Hardy was not outdone by writers such as Lawrence and Joyce. Daleski studies Hardy within his Victorian context, but he also shows that Hardy, both in his depiction of sexuality and in his technical innovations, was in advance of his time. In these respects Hardy deserves to be regarded as a forerunner of the great modernists. In Thomas Hardy and Paradoxes of Love, Daleski offers acute and thoughtful analyses of Hardy's major novels. Avoiding critical jargon, the author has made his book accessible to all readers with an interest in Hardy and his novels, as well as in the study of gender in English literature."--Publishers website
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1926-
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Daleski, H. M.
Dewey number
823/.8
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4757.L65
LC item number
D35 1997
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Paradox in literature
  • Love in literature
  • Romance fiction, English
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Histoires d'amour anglaises
  • Paradoxe dans la littérature
  • Amour dans la littérature
  • Liebe <Motiv>
  • Geschlechterbeziehung <Motiv>
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Thomas Hardy and paradoxes of love, H.M. Daleski
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-215) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Figures in the carpet -- A pair of blue eyes: the displacement of love -- Far from the madding crowd: the only love -- The return of the native: erratic histories -- The mayor of Casterbridge: the same stuff -- The woodlanders: sorrow and sickness of heart at last -- Tess of the d'Urbervilles: green malt in floor -- Jude the obscure: the defective real
Control code
36824775
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 222 pages
Isbn
9780826211255
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(alk. paper)
Lccn
97015472
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)36824775
Label
Thomas Hardy and paradoxes of love, H.M. Daleski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-215) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Figures in the carpet -- A pair of blue eyes: the displacement of love -- Far from the madding crowd: the only love -- The return of the native: erratic histories -- The mayor of Casterbridge: the same stuff -- The woodlanders: sorrow and sickness of heart at last -- Tess of the d'Urbervilles: green malt in floor -- Jude the obscure: the defective real
Control code
36824775
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 222 pages
Isbn
9780826211255
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97015472
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)36824775

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