By Keith Wilson (ed.)
Via unique essays from a distinctive workforce of overseas students and Hardy experts, A better half to Thomas Hardy offers a distinct, one-volume source, which encompasses all features of Hardy's significant novels, brief tales, and poetry
- Informed through 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 foremost 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 usually are not to be combined. … i can't combine them”: Discourse, Ideology, and primary 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 studying Hardy via gown: 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 constructions 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 identification: The spiritual Striations of Wessex (pages 345–363): Dennis Taylor
Chapter 24 “… into the fingers of Pure?Minded English Girls”: Hardy's brief tales and the overdue 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 state of affairs (pages 395–412): William W. Morgan
Chapter 27 that is convey 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 smooth 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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Extra resources for A Companion to Thomas Hardy
Asquith, Mark (2005). Thomas Hardy, Metaphysics and Music. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Beer, Gillian (1983). Darwin’s Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and NineteenthCentury Fiction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Beer, Gillian (1996). Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Björk, Lennart A. ) (1985). The Literary Notebooks of Thomas Hardy, 2 vols. London and Basingstoke: Macmillan. Bullen, J. B. (1994). Hardy’s The Well-Beloved, Sex, and Theories of Germ Plasm.
Human sexuality, no less than the “rush of juices” or the “hiss of fertilization” at the dairy, is the means whereby the Will can continue to realize itself (TD 151); romantic love is merely the “stratagem” used by Nature, a “voluptuous delusion” which lures the individual on to procreation (Schopenhauer  1969 II: 535, 540). Hardly less cynically, this is close to the narrator’s “scientific” account in The Well-Beloved of Jocelyn Pierston’s conversation with the second Avice Caro about his laundry: “Nature was working her plans for the next generation under the cloak of a dialogue on linen” (WB 90).
This is to offer an account in metaphysical terms of the “shifted centre of altruism” Hardy had derived from his understanding of evolution, in which we are asked to recognize that the same will-to-live we find within ourselves “constitutes the inner nature of everything, and lives in all . . [extending] even to the animals and to the whole of nature” (Schopenhauer  1969 I: 372). ” Severe moralist though he is, Schopenhauer writes at times as though he would have agreed with Hardy’s Elizabeth-Jane, that in a “brief transit through a sorry world .