Thomas Hardy Reappraised: Essays in Honour of Michael Millgate

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Keith Wilson
University of Toronto Press, 2006 M12 15 - 258 pages

As a writer who achieved major eminence in both fiction and poetry and whose engagement with these genres encompassed the period of transition from Victorianism to Modernism, Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) enjoys a unique position in English Literary History. Michael Millgate, University Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Toronto is widely recognized as the world's foremost Thomas Hardy scholar. His contributions to the study of Hardy over more than three decades include his recently 'revisited' biography, the seven volume edition of Hardy's collected letters, and the influential critical study Thomas Hardy: His Career as a Novelist.

In Thomas Hardy Reappraised, editor Keith Wilson pays tribute to Millgate's many contributions to Hardy studies by bringing together new work by fifteen of the world's most eminent Hardy scholars. These essays address questions of biblical and literary allusiveness, cultural, historical, and philosophical context, narrative and poetic theory and practice, as well as Hardy's place in the modern world and his influence on younger writers. Together, the contributors offer one of the most significant reappraisals of Hardy's work to have appeared since Michael Millgate helped to transform Hardy studies. They offer graphic testimony to Hardy's enduring popularity and importance.

Contributors:
Pamela Dalziel
Mary Rimmer
Dennis Taylor
Barbara Hardy
U.C. Knoepflmacher
Marjorie Garson
Ruth Bernard Yeazell
Simon Gatrell
J. Hillis Miller
George Levine
Jeremy V. Steele
William W. Morgan
Samuel Hynes
Norman Page
W. J. Keith

 

Contents

The Gospel According to Hardy
3
Reading Hardys Biblical
20
Hardy and Hamlet
38
Hardy and Other Poets
55
Hardys Subterranean Child
78
Hardys Grotesque Sublime
96
The Erotics of Dress in A Pair of Blue Eyes
118
Hardys Rural Painting of the Dutch School
136
The Woodlanders and the Darwinian Grotesque
174
Paganism in Two Versions
199
Hardy and the Battle God
245
Hardys Poetic Thresholds
262
Thomas Hardy and the Powyses
270
Selected Checklist of HardyRelated Publications by Michael Millgate
287
Index
297
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Keith Wilson is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.

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