Hardy in History: A Study in Literary Sociology

1st Edition

Peter Widdowson

Routledge
Published December 12, 2017
Reference - 270 Pages
ISBN 9781138677524 - CAT# Y231716
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

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Summary

First published in 1989, this study investigates Hardy not so much in terms of his novels but as he has been constituted as a major figure in English literature. Using Hardy as a case-study, it looks at how a ‘great writer’ is produced in sociological terms, analysing the critical, cultural and ideological factors involved. By exposing this construction, the book seeks to release Hardy from the constraints imposed by orthodox literary history.

This book will be of interest to those studying nineteenth-century literature.

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