By Keith Wilson
Via unique essays from a uncommon crew of foreign students and Hardy experts, 'A spouse to Thomas Hardy' presents a distinct, one-volume source, which encompasses all facets of Hardy's significant novels, brief tales, and poetry.
• expert by means of the most recent in scholarly, severe, and theoretical debates from a few of the world's top 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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The idea of fullness is connected directly to the second framing idea, of “enchantment,” and I consider this concept in relation to Hardy’s art, largely through the focus of the work of Jane Bennett. I don’t pretend that it’s always easy to catch that glint of life-affirmation that accompanies Hardy’s better known and more overt and aggressive Darwinian 38 George Levine pessimism. Yet, working with the idea of “enchantment,” as Max Weber developed it and, recently, Jane Bennett has modified it, I too want to insist on the life-affirming implications of Hardy’s work.
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