Hardys Literary Language and Victorian Philology

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byDennis Taylor

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Hardy's Literary Language and Victorian Philology is the first detailed exploration of Hardy's linguistic `awkwardness', a subject that has long puzzled critics.Dennis Taylor's pioneering study shows that Hardy's language must be understood as a distinctive response to the philological and literary issues of his time. Deeply influenced by the Victorian historical study of language, Hardy deliberately incorporated into his own writing a sense of language'srecent and hidden history, its multiple stages and classes, and its arbitrary motivations. Indeed, Taylor argues, Hardy provides an example of how a writer `purifies the dialect of the tribe' by inclusiveness, by heterogeniety, and by a sense of history which distinguishes Hardy from a moreahistorical, synchronic modernist aesthetic and which constitutes an ongoing challenge to literary language. In what is the first major treatment of a writer's relation to the Oxford English Dictionary, the author also examines the influence on Hardy's language of the founding and development inthis period of the OED.

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Hardy's Literary Language and Victorian Philology is the first detailed exploration of Hardy's linguistic `awkwardness', a subject that has long puzzled critics.Dennis Taylor's pioneering study shows that Hardy's language must be understood as a distinctive response to the philological and literary issues of his time. Deeply influence...

Dennis Taylor is at Boston College, Massachusetts.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:442 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198122616

ISBN - 13:9780198122616

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`'the most probing contemporary critic of Hardy's verse ... Taylor's immensely provocative book is filled with passing insights that amply fulfil its aim of locating Hardy's literary language within the problematics of Victorian linguistic scholarship'Keith Wilson, University of Ottawa, English Literature Transition 1880-1920, Volume 38:2 1995'yes, 26, 1996