Thomas Hardy and the Survivals of Time (BOK)

Andrew D. Radford

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A systematic exploration of Thomas Hardy's imaginative assimilation of particular Victorian sciences, this study draws on and swells the widening current of scholarly attention being paid to the cultural meanings compacted and released by the nascent "sciences of man" in the 19th century. Combining literary close readings with broad historical analyses, Radford explores Hardy's artistic response to geological, archaeological and anthropological findings. In particular, he analyzes Hardy's lifelong fascination with the doctrine of "survivals", a term coined by E.B. Tylor in Primitive Culture (1871) to denote customs, beliefs and practices persisting in isolation from their original cultural context. His readings of Hardy's literary notebooks disclose the degree to which Hardy's own considerable scientific knowledge was shaped by the middlebrow periodical press. Thus the book raises questions not only about the reception of scientific ideas but also the creation of nonspecialist forms of scientific discourse, and represents a new perspective for Hardy studies.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2003 Forfatter Andrew D. Radford
ISBN 9780754607786
Antall sider 272 Dimensjoner 24,2cm x 16,2cm x 2,8cm
Vekt 686 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900