The Complete Critical Guide to Thomas Hardy

The Complete Critical Guide to Thomas Hardy

The Complete Critical Guide to Thomas Hardy

The Complete Critical Guide to Thomas Hardy

Synopsis

Thomas Hardy was the foremost novelist of his time, as well as an established poet. Author of Jude the Obscure and Far from the Madding Crowd , Hardy reflected in his works the dynamics of social, intellectual and aesthetic change in nineteenth-century England.This guide provides students with a lucid introduction to Hardy's life and works and the basis for a sound comprehension of his work, including:*the major aspects of Hardy's life in the context of contemporary culture*a detailed commentary on Hardy's most important work and a critical map of Hardy's complete writing*an outline of the vast body of criticism that has built up around Hardy's work with examples of recent critical debate.Exposition and guide, this volume enables readers to form their own readings of one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century.

Excerpt

The Complete Critical Guide to English Literature is a ground-breaking collection of one-volume introductions to the work of the major writers in the English literary canon. Each volume in the series offers the reader a comprehensive account of the featured author’s life, of his or her writing and of the ways in which his or her works have been interpreted by literary critics. The series is both explanatory and stimulating; it reflects the achievements of state-of-the-art literary-historical research and yet manages to be intellectually accessible for the reader who may be encountering a canonical author’s work for the first time. It will be useful for students and teachers of literature at all levels, as well as for the general reader. Each book can be read through, or consulted in a companion-style fashion.

The aim of The Complete Critical Guide to English Literature is to adopt an approach that is as factual, objective and non-partisan as possible, in order to provide the ‘full picture’ for readers and allow them to form their own judgements. At the same time, however, the books engage the reader in a discussion of the most demanding questions involved in each author’s life and work. Did Pope’s physical condition affect his treatment of matters of gender and sexuality Does a feminist reading of Middlemarch enlighten us regarding the book’s presentation of nineteenth-century British society Do we deconstruct Beckett’s work, or does he do so himself Contributors to this series address such crucial questions, offer potential solutions and recommend further reading for independent study. In doing so, they equip the reader for an informed and confident examination of the life and work of key canonical figures and of the critical controversies surrounding them.

The aims of the series are reflected in the structure of the books. Part I, ‘Life and Contexts’, offers a compact biography of the featured author against the background of his or her epoch. In Part II, ‘Work’, the focus is on the author’s most important works, discussed from a non-partisan, literary-historical perspective; the section provides an account of the works, reflecting a consensus of critical opinion on them, and indicating, where appropriate, areas of controversy. These and other issues are taken up again in Part III, ‘Criticism’, which offers an account of the critical responses generated by the author’s work. Contemporaneous reviews and debates are considered, along with opinions inspired by more recent theoretical approaches, such as New Criticism . . .

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