Thomas Hardy - The Mayor Of Casterbridge / Jude The Obscure

Paperback | December 15, 2008

bySimon Avery

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This Reader's Guide analyses the critical history of two major nineteenth-century novels by the popular Victorian author Thomas Hardy, from the time of their publication to the present. Simon Avery explores how different generations of readers and critics have responded to the texts and maps out the ways in which various critical and theoretical schools have deployed differing - and often contradictory - interpretative strategies towards them. The ideological complexities of film and television adaptations of the two works are also considered, as are possible future developments in Hardy criticism. The Guide therefore provides an informed and reflective assessment of over a hundred years of Hardy criticism, allowing readers to trace the shifts in response to these key novels.

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This Reader's Guide analyses the critical history of two major nineteenth-century novels by the popular Victorian author Thomas Hardy, from the time of their publication to the present. Simon Avery explores how different generations of readers and critics have responded to the texts and maps out the ways in which various critical and t...

SIMON AVERY is Senior Lecturer in Literature at the University of Westminster, UK. He is co-author (with Rebecca Stott) of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (2003), editor of Lives of Victorian Literary Figures II: The Brownings (2004).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.38 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230005411

ISBN - 13:9780230005419

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introductions
Contemporary Reviews
Establishing Lines of Critical Enquiry, 1890-1949
Developing Critical Approaches: Criticism of the 1950s and 1960s
Critical Expansion: Criticism of the 1970s
The Impact of High Theory: Criticism of the 1980s
Recent (Re-)Readings: Criticism from 1990 to the Present
Re-Representations: Film and Television Adaptations
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index