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Social Transformations in Hardy’s Tragic Novels

Megamachines and Phantasms


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. David Musselwhite
    Pages 1-22
  3. David Musselwhite
    Pages 23-49
  4. David Musselwhite
    Pages 50-88
  5. David Musselwhite
    Pages 89-107
  6. David Musselwhite
    Pages 108-144
  7. David Musselwhite
    Pages 145-154
  8. David Musselwhite
    Pages 155-169
  9. David Musselwhite
    Pages 170-190
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 191-225

About this book


Drawing on the theoretical work of Deleuze and Guattari and that of Jean Laplanche - particularly his major and as yet still relatively unfamiliar notion of the phantasme - Social Formation in Hardy's Major Novels is an original and groundbreaking rereading of Hardy's four major tragic novels. The readings are sophisticated and yet accessible. The theoretical work is complemented by the use of new and hitherto unregarded major empirical findings that reveal the very heart of Hardy's creative universe.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of EssexUK

About the authors

DAVID MUSSELWHITE is Senior Lecturer in Literature at the University of Essex, UK. He is responsible for courses on Literary Theory, Latin American Literature, the European Enlightenment and the English Novel. He has published work in all four areas and his book on the English Novel (Partings Welded Together) was published in 1987.

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