The Expressive Eye: Fiction and Perception in the Work of Thomas Hardy

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJ. B. Bullen

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Each of Thomas Hardy's novels is filled with striking visual images -- characters, interior settings, buildings, village scenes, and open tracts of land. These images are all rendered with a vitality and energy immediately recognizable as Hardy's own. In fact, Hardy, whose style owed much tohis abilities as a draughtsman, once remarked that he saw his narratives as a series of images. J. B. Bullen explores this fascinating link between the image and the idea in the fiction of Thomas Hardy, and demonstrates how Hardy approached his work from a particular "point of view" which not onlydetermined the lighting, composition, and structure of his literary visual effects, but which also allowed him to express emotions and ideas in the direct, "vividly visible" fashion that is the hallmark of his greatest fiction.

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Each of Thomas Hardy's novels is filled with striking visual images -- characters, interior settings, buildings, village scenes, and open tracts of land. These images are all rendered with a vitality and energy immediately recognizable as Hardy's own. In fact, Hardy, whose style owed much tohis abilities as a draughtsman, once remark...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:294 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198128584

ISBN - 13:9780198128588

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'Bullen has command over a wide range of historical, cultural and aesthetic references, and he brings them most intelligently to bear on the fabric of Hardy's fiction. This book is of the first importance in Hardy studies, a pleasure to read and a stimulus to all sorts of further enquiry.' TheReview of English Studies