By Keith Wilson
Via unique essays from a exceptional staff of overseas students and Hardy experts, 'A spouse to Thomas Hardy' presents a special, one-volume source, which encompasses all points of Hardy's significant novels, brief tales, and poetry.
• knowledgeable through the most recent in scholarly, severe, and theoretical debates from a number of the world's major Hardy scholars
• finds groundbreaking insights via examinations of Hardy’s significant novels, brief tales, poetry, and drama
• Explores Hardy's paintings within the context of the foremost highbrow and socio-cultural currents of his time and assesses his legacy for next writers
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Extra info for A Companion to Thomas Hardy (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)
Oxford: Oxford University Press. Purdy, Richard Little (1954). Thomas Hardy: A Bibliographical Study. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Reissued, with supplementary material, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press; London: British Library, 2002. ) (1978–88). The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy, 7 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Rabiger, Michael (1981). The Hoffman Papers: An Assessment and Some Interpretations. The Thomas Hardy Year Book, 10, 6–50. ) (2007). Thomas Hardy Remembered. Aldershot: Ashgate. Taylor, Richard H.
Which ended The Well-Beloved in its original serial version, Hardy’s account of sexual desire is less reductive and less biologically driven than Schopenhauer’s. His heroes and heroines leave no offspring; rather than seek to perpetuate themselves in their children, they are drawn to their own destruction, if not in the form of suicide then in a resolution against life. In his essay “On Suicide,” which Hardy read in 1891, Schopenhauer defends the right to take one’s own life, but insists that to do so represents a moral failing.
1 The intimacy of the relation between the physiological and the affective in Hardy’s work is unprecedented in English fiction. It enters so deeply into his writing that it can hardly have come from a single source, but its consonance with Comte’s ideas is indicated by a note taken in 1877 from G. H. e. – varying with the variations of bodily states; & this was declared enough to banish for ever the conception of a Soul, except as a term simply expressing certain functions. (LN I: 92) Stripped of the teleological element given it by Comte, this is the materialist philosophy that Carlyle and Ruskin denounced as Mechanism, and Max Weber described as “the disenchantment of the world”: a vision of a morally indifferent universe, subject to determining laws, in which human consciousness is the unintended by-product of accidental organizations of matter.