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Hardy, Conrad and the Senses

Hugh Epstein


The first book-length study of connections between these two major authors, this book reads the highly descriptive impressionist fiction of Hardy and Conrad together in the light of a shared attention to sight and sound. By proposing ‘scenic realism’ as a term to describe their affinities of epistemology and literary art, this study seeks to establish that the two novelists’ treatment of the senses in relation to the physically encompassing world creates a distinctive outward-looking pairing within the broader ‘inward turn’ of the realist novel. This ‘borderland of the senses’ was intensively ... More

Keywords: Impressionism, Sight, Sound, Scenic realism, Senses, Physics, Physiology, Victorian, Modernist, Field, Nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474449861
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474449861.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Epstein, author