Thomas Hardy, Sensationalism, and the Melodramatic Mode

  • Authors
  • Richard Nemesvari

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Thomas Hardy and the Melodramatic Imagination

  3. Melodramas of Masculinity—Desperate Remedies and ;The Mayor of Casterbridge

  4. Sensational Bodies, Melodramatic Spectacles—Far from the Madding Crowd and A Laodicean

  5. Melodramas of Modernity and Class Status—The Hand of Ethelberta and Jude the Obscure

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-245

About this book


The first full-length study of sensationalist and melodramatic elements in Hardy's novels uses six of his texts to demonstrate the ways in which Hardy uses the melodramatic mode to advance his critique of established Victorian cultural beliefs through the employment of non-realistic plot devices and sensational 'excess.'


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