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Hardy's Fables of Integrity: Woman, Body, Text

Marjorie Garson


In this reading of seven of Hardy's major novels, the book argues that the fiction is shaped by a pervasive anxiety about the body and about bodily disintegration. Taking as its starting-point the many somatic images and metaphors within the novels, the book uncovers a subtext about the threat of bodily and psychic dissolution which shapes both Hardy's powerful depiction of nature and his ambivalent treatment of women. This approach focuses on aspects of the fiction which are often underemphasized, especially the figurative dimension of Hardy's language and his treatment of his minor character ... More

Keywords: Hardy, fiction, anxiety, body, bodily disintegration, nature, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198122234
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122234.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marjorie Garson, author
University of Toronto