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Reading ConstellationsUrban Modernity in Victorian Fiction$
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Patricia McKee

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333905.001.0001

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Scenes of Reading in Jude the Obscure

Scenes of Reading in Jude the Obscure

(p.100) Chapter 4 Scenes of Reading in Jude the Obscure
Reading Constellations

Patricia McKee

Oxford University Press

In Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy presents a history that focuses less on sustained or developing action than on the breaks that convert events into intervals. These intervals allow time and space to move in different directions as they break apart linear constructions of planned time and break into contained spaces, through persons or objects that interrupt and intervene in one another. Within the city, Hardy poses persons as thresholds through which pass parts of self and other and as translations of one another; and he poses, too, the possibility of community in assemblages of persons’ parts.

Keywords:   Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure, history, interruption, translation

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