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The Resource Thomas Hardy and the proper study of mankind, Simon Gatrell

Thomas Hardy and the proper study of mankind, Simon Gatrell

Label
Thomas Hardy and the proper study of mankind
Title
Thomas Hardy and the proper study of mankind
Statement of responsibility
Simon Gatrell
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Simon Gatrell offers a fresh and stimulating exploration of Hardy's account in fiction of the individual man or woman's relationship with various aspects of the encompassing world - with other men and women, with the aggregation known as society, with the natural and artificial environment, and with the supernatural. He focuses on the importance of community in Hardy's fiction, especially on the ability of rural villages and towns to withstand the stresses of industrialized agriculture and the national standardization of education and culture. He also proposes that the full titles Hardy gave to a number of his novels have not been sufficiently attended to as signs instinct with meaning." "The title of the book alludes, in part, to Pope's Essay on Man. Simon Gatrell writes, "In his examination of humankind Pope considers how we stand as individuals in relation to divine power, to Nature, and to each other. It is my suggestion that Hardy considers essentially the same questions in his novels: what external to us causes things to happen - God, fate, destiny, the Immanent Will? how do individuals stand in relation to their environment [and] society? and what part do individuals' own natures play in what occurs to them?"" "Thomas Hardy and the Proper Study of Mankind concentrates on eight of Hardy's fourteen novels, ranging from the early Under the Greenwood Tree, through neglected middle-period works like Two on a Tower, to the final masterpieces Tess of the d' Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure. Of particular note is the author's provocatively imaginative reconstruction of the story of Angel Clare, which follows the chapter on Tess. There are also chapters on the role dance plays in Hardy's fiction and on how his writing encompasses the wider world beyond Wessex and England. A feature of the critical inquiry is the illumination afforded by the study of Hardy's often substantial revisions."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gatrell, Simon
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Victorian literature and culture series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Community life in literature
  • Human beings in literature
  • Literature and anthropology
  • Literature and society
  • Hardy, Thomas
Label
Thomas Hardy and the proper study of mankind, Simon Gatrell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-193) 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
  • Preface
  • Note on References
  • Introduction.
  • p. 1
  • Prelude: Hardy's Titles.
  • p. 7
  • 1.
  • Under the Greenwood Tree or The Mellstock Quire?.
  • p. 10
  • 2.
  • Hardy's Dances.
  • p. 24
  • 3.
  • Return of the Native: Character and the Natural Environment.
  • p. 42
  • 4.
  • Trumpet-Major, A Laodicean and Two on a Tower: The Man-Made Environment.
  • p. 50
  • 5.
  • Mayor of Casterbridge: The Fate of Michael Henchard's Characters.
  • p. 68
  • 6.
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
  • p. 97
  • 7.
  • Angel Clare's Story.
  • p. 109
  • 8.
  • Sex, Marriage and the Decline of Traditional Community in Jude the Obscure, together with a Digression on the Evils (or otherwise) of drink.
  • p. 140
  • 9.
  • 'From the White Sea to Cape Horn': Thomas Hardy and the Wider World.
  • p. 172
  • Notes.
  • p. 183
  • Index.
  • p. 194
Control code
8318562
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
ix, 195 p.
Isbn
9780813914350
Lccn
92024349 //r962
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Thomas Hardy and the proper study of mankind, Simon Gatrell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-193) 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
  • Preface
  • Note on References
  • Introduction.
  • p. 1
  • Prelude: Hardy's Titles.
  • p. 7
  • 1.
  • Under the Greenwood Tree or The Mellstock Quire?.
  • p. 10
  • 2.
  • Hardy's Dances.
  • p. 24
  • 3.
  • Return of the Native: Character and the Natural Environment.
  • p. 42
  • 4.
  • Trumpet-Major, A Laodicean and Two on a Tower: The Man-Made Environment.
  • p. 50
  • 5.
  • Mayor of Casterbridge: The Fate of Michael Henchard's Characters.
  • p. 68
  • 6.
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
  • p. 97
  • 7.
  • Angel Clare's Story.
  • p. 109
  • 8.
  • Sex, Marriage and the Decline of Traditional Community in Jude the Obscure, together with a Digression on the Evils (or otherwise) of drink.
  • p. 140
  • 9.
  • 'From the White Sea to Cape Horn': Thomas Hardy and the Wider World.
  • p. 172
  • Notes.
  • p. 183
  • Index.
  • p. 194
Control code
8318562
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
ix, 195 p.
Isbn
9780813914350
Lccn
92024349 //r962
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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