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Thomas Hardy's Legal Fictions
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Thomas Hardy's Legal Fictions

Trish Ferguson

Abstract

This book examines how Thomas Hardy’s role as an acting magistrate and his lifelong interest in the law impacted on his prose fiction. Hardy’s novels and short stories are examined in the context of debates surrounding some of the seismic legal reforms of the nineteenth century, namely the birth of adversarial trial procedure, the evolving definition of legal insanity, the campaign for legal equality for married women, and heightened discussion over land law reform. This book situates Hardy’s treatment of these issues in the context of debate in Parliament, the press, periodicals and sensation ... More

Keywords: prose fiction, Thomas Hardy, sensation fiction, legal reforms, judicial reasoning, legal insanity, law, married women, legal equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748673247
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748673247.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Trish Ferguson, author
Liverpool Hope University