Ambivalence in Hardy

For those who hold that Hardy's marriage to Emma was already deteriorating by 1878, these words might be an oblique ... Through Clym's love-hate relationship with Mrs Yeobright Hardy may be expressing his ambivalent feelings towards his ...

Author: S. Dutta

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230378346

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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This book re-examines the critical debate regarding Hardy's attitude to women: apologist or misogynist? With the help of manuscript evidence and references to Hardy's autobiography, letters, literary notebooks, marginalia, and the letters of his wives, this book combines a biographical approach with a feminist reading. Significant space is devoted to the 'minor' novels, the short stories, and to Hardy's real life literary relations with his contemporary women writers, his protégées and his two 'scribbling' wives, to balance the hitherto exclusive focus on the 'major' novels.

Representations of Hair in Victorian Literature and Culture

It is in Thomas Hardy's fiction that hair registers the most extreme ambivalence regarding woman's transformation into a rebellious 'New Woman'. Hardy was torn between the sympathy he felt for women as an underprivileged class and his ...

Author: Galia Ofek

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351904186

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 284

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Galia Ofek's wide-ranging study elucidates the historical, artistic, literary, and theoretical meanings of the Victorians' preoccupation with hair. Victorian writers and artists, Ofek argues, had a well-developed awareness of fetishism as an overinvestment of value in a specific body part and were fully cognizant of hair's symbolic resonance and its value as an object of commerce. In particular, they were increasingly alert to the symbolic significance of hairstyling. Among the writers and artists Ofek considers are Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Margaret Oliphant, Charles Darwin, Anthony Trollope, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Eliza Lynn Linton, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Herbert Spencer, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and Aubrey Beardsley. By examining fiction, poetry, anthropological and scientific works, newspaper reviews and advertisements, correspondence, jewellery, paintings, and cartoons, Ofek shows how changing patterns of power relations between women and patriarchy are rendered anew when viewed through the lens of Victorian hair codes and imagery during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Tess of the d Urbervilles Second Edition

The Genius ofThomas Hardy. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1976. Dutta, Shanta. Ambivalence in Hardy:A Study ofhis Attitude to Women. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2000. Enstice, Andrew Thomas Hardy: Landscapes q' the Mind.

Author: Thomas Hardy

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781770482517

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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This classic novel tells the story of how the poor rural couple John and Joan Durbeyfield become convinced that they are descended from the ancient family of d'Urbervilles. They encourage their innocent daughter Tess to cement a connection with the d'Urberville family, including their unprincipled son Alec, with tragic consequences. "A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented," as Hardy subtitled the novel, represented a direct challenge to conventional Victorian notions of sexuality and femininity. This is a revised, updated, and expanded Broadview edition that highlights a feminist interpretation of the novel in an extensive introduction. The range of historical appendices (including contemporary articles, letters, maps, news stories, and reviews) will greatly enhance a reader's understanding of the text.

Ambivalence in Hardy

His relations with women writers - particularly his prot g es and 'scribbling' wives - are discussed in unprecedented detail. Ambivalence in Hardy' significantly contributes to and challenges the field of Hardy studies.

Author: Shanta Dutta

Publisher: Anthem Nineteenth-Century

ISBN: 184331729X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Was Thomas Hardy a misogynist or a subscriber to the feminist cause? Ambivalence in Hardy' explores Hardy's complex and deeply ambivalent attitude to women, both in his fiction and in his life. While his sympathy for wronged and exploited women is forcefully expressed, his writings also reveal his fears, uncertainties, reservations and tensions - the natural inheritance of patriarchal ideology and a predominantly male literary tradition. The author analyses one 'minor' and one 'major' text from each of the three decades of Hardy's career as a prose fiction writer. The 1870s are represented by The Hand of Ethelberta' and The Return of the Native', the 1880s by Two on a Tower' and The Woodlanders', and the 1890s by Hardy's short stories and Jude the Obscure'. Generous references to Hardy's letters, disguised autobiography, literary notebooks, marginalia and the letters of his two wives seek to blend a biographical approach with a feminist reading. Parallelisms between Hardy's fiction and that of contemporary feminist writers are explored, suggesting mutual literary influence. His relations with women writers - particularly his prot g es and 'scribbling' wives - are discussed in unprecedented detail. Ambivalence in Hardy' significantly contributes to and challenges the field of Hardy studies.

Palgrave Advances in Thomas Hardy Studies

Similarly, Shanta Dutta's Ambivalence in Hardy: A Study of his Attitude to Women (2000) argues that while Hardy's ambivalence towards women is real, it has been exacerbated by a critical ambivalence imposed from without that has ...

Author: P. Mallett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230519930

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 314

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Palgrave Advances in Thomas Hardy Studies explores the key issues in the ongoing and lively debate about Thomas Hardy's work as a novelist and poet. In twelve newly-commissioned essays, distinguished scholars from both sides of the Atlantic review, take issue with and take forward the most recent and significant research on Thomas Hardy.

Thomas Hardy

contrast the ambivalence of Hardy's feelings for his parents – an ambivalence that dated back to his boyhood, even though it worsened at points during his adult life. He was unfailingly loyal to both Jemima and Thomas Hardy, senior, ...

Author: Ralph Pite

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300123371

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 522

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A portrait of the enigmatic nineteenth-century novelist and poet discusses his humble origins, rise through the London literary scene, and efforts to guard his privacy.

Patriarchy and Its Discontents

Sexual Politics in Selected Novels and Stories of Thomas Hardy Joanna Devereux ... as well as in Shanta Dutta's Ambivalence in Hardy : A Study of his Attitude to Women ( 2000 ) , which devotes a chapter to The Hand of Ethelberta and ...

Author: Joanna Devereux

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415941415

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 166

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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Thomas Hardy in Context

Hardy.' The Tragic Novels. London: Macmillan, 1975; rev. ed. 1991. Dutta, Shanta.Ambivalence in Hardy:A Study ofHisAttitude to Women. London: Macmillan Press, 2000. Ebbatson, Roger. The Evolutionary Self.' Hardy, Forster; Lawrence.

Author: Phillip Mallett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139618915

Category: Literary Criticism


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This collection covers the range of Thomas Hardy's works and their social and intellectual contexts, providing a comprehensive introduction to Hardy's life and times. Featuring short, lively contributions from forty-four international scholars, the volume explores the processes by which Hardy the man became Hardy the published writer; the changing critical responses to his work; his response to the social and political challenges of his time; his engagement with contemporary intellectual debate; and his legacy in the twentieth century and after. Emphasising the subtle and ongoing interaction between Hardy's life, his creative achievement and the unique historical moment, the collection also examines Hardy's relationship to such issues as class, education, folklore, archaeology and anthropology, evolution, marriage and masculinity, empire and the arts. A valuable contextual reference for scholars of Victorian and modernist literature, the collection will also prove accessible for the general reader of Hardy.

Thomas Hardy s Novel Universe

... the Ambivalence of Providence in Hardy's Novels.” Literature & Theology: An International Journal of Religion, Theory, and Culture 16.1 (Mar. 2002): 27–39. O'Hara, Patricia. “Narrating the Native: Victorian Anthropology and Hardy's ...

Author: Pamela Gossin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351879255

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 318

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In this, the first book-length study of astronomy in Hardy's writing, historian of science and literary scholar Pamela Gossin brings the analytical tools of both disciplines to bear as she offers unexpected and sophisticated readings of seven novels that enrich Darwinian and feminist perspectives on his work, extend formalist evaluations of his achievement as a writer, and provide fresh interpretations of enigmatic passages and scenes. In an elegantly crafted introduction, Gossin draws together the shared critical values and methods of literary studies and the history of science to articulate a hybrid model of scholarly interpretation and analysis that promotes cross-disciplinary compassion and understanding within the current contention of the science/culture wars. She then situates Hardy's own deeply interdisciplinary knowledge of astronomy and cosmology within both literary and scientific traditions, from the ancient world through the Victorian era. Gossin offers insightful new assessments of A Pair of Blue Eyes, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, Two on a Tower, The Woodlanders, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and Jude the Obscure, arguing that Hardy's personal synthesis of ancient and modern astronomy with mythopoetic and scientific cosmologies enabled him to write as a literary cosmologist for the post-Darwinian world. The profound new myths that comprise Hardy's novel universe can be read as a sustained set of literary thought-experiments by which he critiques the possibilities, limitations, and dangers of living out the storylines that such imaginative cosmologies project for his time - and ours.