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Thomas Hardy and desire : conceptions of the self /
Jane Thomas.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, c2013
description
x, 233 p.
ISBN
0230224636 (hbk.), 9780230224636 (hbk.)
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, c2013
isbn
0230224636 (hbk.)
9780230224636 (hbk.)
contents note
Introduction: Hardy and desire -- House and home: nostalgic desire and the locus of the self -- Desire, female amity and Sapphic space -- Sexual desire and the lure of the erotic -- Poor men and ladies: aspirational desire -- As you like it: cross-dressing and the gendered expression of desire -- Art, aesthetics and masculine desire -- Scanned across the dark space: poetry, desire and aesthetic fulfilment.
catalogue key
8910041
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jane Thomas is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Hull, UK, and has published widely on Thomas Hardy, Victorian art and sculpture and contemporary women writers. Her publications include Thomas Hardy, Femininity and Dissent: Reassessing the 'Minor' Novels and editions of The Well-Beloved and Hardy's shorter fiction.
Reviews
Review Quotes
'Jane Thomas has provided us with the most thoroughgoing study of Hardy and desire since J. Hillis Miller's four decades ago, and offers a wonderfully panoramic approach to the subject. Thomas uses Lacan, Butler and other thinkers, always in an approachable manner, to meditate on the fleeting, obscure and unstable nature of desire in Hardy's texts, extracting a surprising range of reference - from the impossibility of nostalgia to the sharpness of desire across class divisions; from the pleasures of cross-dressing to Sapphic desire seen as a kind of utopian space. The study ranges with assurance across Hardy's corpus, and is illuminating on both the major and minor novels and the poetry.' - Professor Tim Armstrong, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
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Summaries
Description for Bookstore
This book offers in-depth studies of some of Hardy's novels, poetry and short fiction in relation to a broad concept of desire informed by poststructuralist theorists including Lacan, Butler and iec
Long Description
At the centre of Hardy's aesthetic practice is the recognition of desire as a necessary and fundamental condition of human existence. Yearning, disappointment, frustration and loss determine the relationship of his characters and poetic personae to the world and the systems in which their sense of self is expressed and constituted. Yet his work also explores the positive, dynamic and productive dimension of desire. Structured around the themes of home and homelessness; eroticism; Poor Men, Ladies and social aspiration; the transgressivity of cross dressing; the creation of 'sapphic spaces'; aesthetic desire and its fulfilment in the achieved work of art, Thomas Hardy and Desire demonstrates Hardy's commitment, as an artist in pursuit of 'a way to the better', to exploring how the energy of desire pushes beyond the boundaries of class, sexuality, gender and even language itself to bring new ways of being and doing into the realm of knowledge.
Main Description
At the center of Hardy's aesthetic practice is the recognition of desire as a necessary and fundamental condition of human existence. Yearning, disappointment, frustration and loss determine the relationship of his characters and poetic personae to the world and the systems in which their sense of self is expressed and constituted. Yet his work also explores the positive, dynamic and productive dimension of desire. Structured around the themes of home and homelessness; eroticism; Poor Men, Ladies and social aspiration; the transgressivity of cross dressing; the creation of 'sapphic spaces'; aesthetic desire and its fulfilment in the achieved work of art, Thomas Hardy and Desire demonstrates Hardy's commitment, as an artist in pursuit of 'a way to the better', to exploring how the energy of desire pushes beyond the boundaries of class, sexuality, gender and even language itself to bring new ways of being and doing into the realm of knowledge.
Main Description
At the center of Hardy's aesthetic practice is the recognition of desire as a necessary and fundamental condition of human existence. Yearning, disappointment, frustration and loss determine the relationship of his characters and poetic personae to the world and the systems in which their sense of self is expressed and constituted. Yet his work also explores the positive, dynamic and productive dimension of desire. Structured around the themes of home and homelessness; eroticism; Poor Men, Ladies and social aspiration; the transgressivity of cross dressing; the creation of "sapphic spaces;" aesthetic desire and its fulfilment in the achieved work of art, Thomas Hardy and Desire demonstrates Hardy's commitment, as an artist in pursuit of "a way to the better," to exploring how the energy of desire pushes beyond the boundaries of class, sexuality, gender and even language itself to bring new ways of being and doing into the realm of knowledge.
Main Description
At the center of Hardy's aesthetic practice is the recognition of desire as a necessary and fundamental condition of human existence. Yearning, disappointment, frustration and loss determine the relationship of his characters and poetic personae to the world and the systems in which their sense of self is expressed and constituted. Yet his work also explores the positive, dynamic and productive dimension of desire. Structured around the themes of home and homelessness; eroticism; Poor Men,Ladies and social aspiration; the transgressivity of cross dressing; the creation of "sapphic spaces;" aesthetic desire and its fulfilment in the achieved work of art, Thomas Hardy and Desire demonstrates Hardy's commitment, as an artist in pursuit of "a way to the better," to exploring how the energy of desire pushes beyond the boundaries of class, sexuality, gender and even language itself to bring new ways of being and doing into the realm of knowledge.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction - Thomas Hardy and Desire: Conceptions of the Selfp. 1
House and Home: Nostalgic Desire and the Locus of Beingp. 15
Desire, Female Amity and Sapphic Spacep. 41
Sexual Desire and the Lure of the Eroticp. 71
Poor Men and Ladies: Aspirational Desirep. 95
As You Like It: Cross-Dressing and the Gendered Expression of Desirep. 119
Art, Aesthetics and Masculine Desire: The Well-Beloved (1897)p. 144
'Scanned Across the Dark Space': Poetry, Desire and Aesthetic Fulfilmentp. 164
Notesp. 192
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 228
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