By Keith Wilson (ed.)

Via unique essays from a unusual staff of foreign students and Hardy experts, A better half to Thomas Hardy presents a different, one-volume source, which encompasses all points of Hardy's significant novels, brief tales, and poetry

  • Informed by means of the newest in scholarly, severe, and theoretical debates from many of the world's best Hardy scholars
  • Reveals groundbreaking insights via examinations of Hardy’s significant novels, brief tales, poetry, and drama
  • Explores Hardy's paintings within the context of the key highbrow and socio-cultural currents of his time and assesses his legacy for next writers

Chapter 1 Hardy as Biographical topic (pages 5–18): Michael Millgate
Chapter 2 Hardy and Philosophy (pages 19–35): Phillip Mallett
Chapter three Hardy and Darwin: a fascinating Hardy? (pages 36–53): George Levine
Chapter four Hardy and where of tradition (pages 54–70): Angelique Richardson
Chapter five “The difficult Case of the Would?be?Religious”: Hardy and the Church from adolescence to Later Years (pages 71–85): Pamela Dalziel
Chapter 6 Thomas Hardy's Notebooks (pages 86–101): William Greenslade
Chapter 7 “Genres aren't to be combined. … i can't combine them”: Discourse, Ideology, and universal Hybridity in Hardy's Fiction (pages 102–116): Richard Nemesvari
Chapter eight Hardy and his Critics: Gender within the Interstices (pages 117–129): Margaret R. Higonnet
Chapter nine “His Country”: Hardy within the Rural (pages 131–145): Ralph Pite
Chapter 10 Thomas Hardy of London (pages 146–161): Keith Wilson
Chapter eleven “A Thickness of Wall”: Hardy and sophistication (pages 162–177): Roger Ebbatson
Chapter 12 examining Hardy via costume: The Case of faraway from the Madding Crowd (pages 178–193): Simon Gatrell
Chapter thirteen Hardy and Romantic Love (pages 194–209): Michael Irwin
Chapter 14 Hardy and the visible Arts (pages 210–222): J. B. Bullen
Chapter 15 Hardy and tune: Uncanny Sounds (pages 223–238): Claire Seymour
Chapter sixteen The Darkening Pastoral: below the Greenwood Tree and much From the Madding Crowd (pages 239–253): Stephen Regan
Chapter 17 “Wild areas of Obscurity”: Narrative within the go back of the local (pages 254–266): Penny Boumelha
Chapter 18 Hardy's “Novels of Ingenuity” (pages 267–280): Mary Rimmer
Chapter 19 Hardy's “Romances and Fantasies” (pages 281–298): Jane Thomas
Chapter 20 The Haunted buildings of The Mayor of Casterbridge (pages 299–312): Julian Wolfreys
Chapter 21 Dethroning the excessive Priest of Nature within the Woodlanders (pages 313–327): Andrew Radford
Chapter 22 Melodrama, imaginative and prescient, and Modernity: Tess of the d'Urbervilles (pages 328–344): Tim Dolin
Chapter 23 Jude the vague and English nationwide id: The non secular Striations of Wessex (pages 345–363): Dennis Taylor
Chapter 24 “… into the fingers of Pure?Minded English Girls”: Hardy's brief tales and the past due Victorian Literary market (pages 364–377): Peter Widdowson
Chapter 25 series and sequence in Hardy's Poetry (pages 378–394): Tim Armstrong
Chapter 26 Hardy's Poems: The Scholarly scenario (pages 395–412): William W. Morgan
Chapter 27 that is express company: Spectacle, Narration, and Laughter within the Dynasts (pages 413–430): G. Glen Wickens
Chapter 28 Modernist Hardy: Hand?Writing within the Mayor of Casterbridge (pages 431–449): J. Hillis Miller
Chapter 29 Inhibiting the Voice: Thomas Hardy and glossy Poetics (pages 450–464): Charles Lock
Chapter 30 Hardy's Heirs: D. H. Lawrence and John Cowper Powys (pages 465–478): Terry R. Wright

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1 The Darwin I want to consider in Hardy’s art is reflected in what I would call their mutually loving, meticulous, and ethically intense attention to the whole range of nature, organic and inorganic, in their discovery of narratives latent in all things. All of these are at the root of Hardy’s aesthetically self-conscious and risky engagement with literary forms. He was more in love with life – and in Darwinian ways – than most typical Darwinian readings suggest. Through all the darkness of a chance-driven, mindless world against which thoughtendowed animals like humans have to struggle hopelessly, there glimmers steadily a strong moral vision and even a life-affirming Hardy.

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