Thomas Hardy's Pastoral : An Unkindly May

By: Clark, IndyMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015Description: 1 online resource (228 p.)ISBN: 9781137505026Subject(s): Hardy, Thomas, -- 1840-1928 -- Criticism and interpretation | Pastoral fiction, English -- History and criticism | Rural conditions in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Thomas Hardy's Pastoral : An Unkindly MayDDC classification: 823/.8 LOC classification: PR4757.P34 -- C57 2015ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Contents -- Preface and Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1 Arcadia, Wessex, and the South Country -- 2 Landscape, Nature, and Work -- 3 What About the Workers? -- 4 Pastoral and Modernity -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index
Summary: This book reads Hardy's poetry of the rural as deeply rooted in the historical tradition of the pastoral mode even as it complicates and extends it. It shows that in addition to reinstating the original tensions of classical pastoral, Hardy dramatizes a heightened awareness of complex communities and the relations of class, labour, and gender.
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Cover -- Contents -- Preface and Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1 Arcadia, Wessex, and the South Country -- 2 Landscape, Nature, and Work -- 3 What About the Workers? -- 4 Pastoral and Modernity -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index

This book reads Hardy's poetry of the rural as deeply rooted in the historical tradition of the pastoral mode even as it complicates and extends it. It shows that in addition to reinstating the original tensions of classical pastoral, Hardy dramatizes a heightened awareness of complex communities and the relations of class, labour, and gender.

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CHOICE Review

Taking its subtitle from Hardy's poem by the same name, this book is the first major study of Hardy's poetry in 30 years, which is reason enough to recommend it. Pointedly distinguishing his work from that of recent critics who treat Hardy's pastoralism within the context of his novels only, Clark (Univ. of Queensland, Australia) undertakes an extended discussion of Hardy's poetry and its place within the English poetic pastoral tradition. Clark's central claim, articulated in his conclusion, is that Hardy both complicates and extends the pastoral mode by "making visible the relations of capitalism," but that, contra Raymond Williams's classic argument in The Country and the City (CH, Oct'73), Hardy's pastoralism does not primarily function to justify the economic status quo. Instead, his complicated class position and anxious striving create "textual disturbances" that function as political critique: Hardy's "crisis of social mobility becomes a crisis of form in his poetry as he represents hitherto obscured relations of class and labour," as the author writes in the introduction. A welcome addition to Hardy scholarship and an important corrective to its prose-centrism in recent decades. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. --Deanna K. Kreisel, University of British Columbia

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Indy Clark teaches at the University of Queensland, Australia. His doctoral thesis on Thomas Hardy's poetry received the 2013 Dean's Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence. His other publications include: 'Imagined Villages and Knowable Communities: Work and the Pastoral in Thomas Hardy's Poetry' in Pockets of Change (2011), and articles for the Hardy Society Journal and Colloquy.

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