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Thomas Hardy's Shorter Fiction: A Critical Study

Sophie Gilmartin and Rod Mengham

Abstract

This critical study of Hardy's short stories provides a thorough account of the ruling preoccupations and recurrent writing strategies of his entire corpus, as well as providing detailed readings of several individual texts. It relates the formal choices imposed on Hardy as contributor to Blackwood's Magazine and other periodicals to the methods he employed to encode in fiction his troubled attitude towards the social politics of the West Country, where most of the stories are set. The book draws on the work of social historians to make clear the background of social and political unrest in Do ... More

Keywords: Blackwood's Magazine, encode, fiction, troubled attitude, social politics, West Country, marriage contract, legal binding, erratic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748632657
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632657.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sophie Gilmartin, author

Rod Mengham, author

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