Hardy's narrative art : technique and strategy in selected novels
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The work is a study of Thomas Hardy's novels and their pervasively indefinite quality. It is focused upon five Wessex novels and the author's narrative choices. Each chapter is devoted to the textual analysis of a different novel with the common purpose of discovering Hardy's alternation between a definite and indefinite image of reality. The argument is that Hardy opposed the Victorian need to stereotype human beings, especially women, and tried to declare, though very quietly, their freedom from any type of categorization.
Thesis, MPhil Master of Philosophy
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