Thomas Hardy, Towards a Materialist Criticism

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 233 pages
Challenging the generally accepted critical constructions of the novels of Thomas Hardy, this book explores the historical, social, aesthetic and ideological determinants of Hardy's novels. Analyzing the ways in which Hardy's writings have been variously reproduced in literary criticism to produce certain social and ideological effects. Wotton also discusses the relation between Hardy's writing and Hardy criticism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Radical Separation
15
The Discourses of Hegemony
26
The Ideology of the Thinking World and the Production of Wessex
35
The Aesthetic Project and the Community of Labour
46
The Sovereignty of the Subject and the World of the Workfolk
60
The Structure of Perceptions
77
Moments of Vision
89
Being and Consciousness The Imaginary Resolution
132
Separation and Evaluation Thomas Hardys Curiously Qualified Greatness
145
Revelation Chance Change and the Reproduction of Thomas Hardy
156
The Production of Meaning Hardys Women and the Eternal Feminine
170
Exclusion and Repression The Choric Rumination of Hardys Charming Puppets
184
Thomas Hardy and the Reproduction of the Relations of Production
194
Conclusion
208
Notes
214

The Radical Separation and the Conflict of Perceptions
112
The Appearance of Women and the Construction of Woman
122

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