Hardys Fables of Integrity: Woman, Body, Text

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byMarjorie Garson

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In this fresh reading of seven of Hardy's major novels, Marjorie Garson argues that the fiction is shaped by a pervasive anxiety about the body and about bodily disintegration. Taking as its starting-point the many somatic images and metaphors within the novels, the book uncovers a subtextabout the threat of bodily and psychic dissolution which shapes both Hardy's powerful depiction of nature and his ambivalent treatment of women. This approach focuses concentration on aspects of the fiction which are often underemphasized, especially the figurative dimension of Hardy's language andhis treatment of his minor characters; and accounts for peculiarities in tone, plotting, and characterization which have always attracted critical attention. A study which will substantially change the way the texts are interpreted, Hardy's Fables of Integrity will be of particular interest tostudents of critical theory and to feminists, as well as to anyone attracted by the peculiar power of the Hardyan voice.

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In this fresh reading of seven of Hardy's major novels, Marjorie Garson argues that the fiction is shaped by a pervasive anxiety about the body and about bodily disintegration. Taking as its starting-point the many somatic images and metaphors within the novels, the book uncovers a subtextabout the threat of bodily and psychic dissolu...

Marjorie Garson, Associate Professor of English, Erindale College, University of Toronto.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198122233

ISBN - 13:9780198122234

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'This fine book closely reads Hardy's seven novels usually accorded major status. Garson does have a distinctive voice, which powers the most successful adaptation of current literary theory to Hardy that I have read.'English Language Notes June '94