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Thomas Hardy, Femininity and Dissent

Reassessing the ‘Minor’ Novels


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jane Thomas
    Pages 1-10
  3. Jane Thomas
    Pages 11-26
  4. Jane Thomas
    Pages 27-51
  5. Jane Thomas
    Pages 96-112
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 147-172

About this book


Drawing on aspects of Foucauldian feminist theory Thomas Hardy, Femininity and Dissent offers original and detailed readings of six critically under-valued novels: Desperate Remedies, A Pair of Blue Eyes, The Hand of Ethelberta, A Laodicean, Two on a Tower and The Well-Beloved , demonstrating Hardy's peculiarly modern appreciation of how individuals negotiate the forces which shape their sense of self. Tracing his interest in the evolutionary debate and the woman question this book reveals a new politically engaged rather than a grimly pessimistic Hardy.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishThe University of HullUK

About the authors

Jane Thomas is Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Hull.

Bibliographic information


Thomas's analysis makes clear that Hardy's minor novels offer readers the same passionate, argumentative spirit that animates the major ones... Victorian Studies