Ambivalence in Hardy

A Study of his Attitude to Women

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  • Shanta Dutta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Shanta Dutta
    Pages 1-21
  3. Shanta Dutta
    Pages 23-36
  4. Shanta Dutta
    Pages 37-55
  5. Shanta Dutta
    Pages 57-71
  6. Shanta Dutta
    Pages 73-91
  7. Shanta Dutta
    Pages 93-109
  8. Shanta Dutta
    Pages 111-130
  9. Shanta Dutta
    Pages 161-198
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 221-256

About this book


This book re-examines the critical debate regarding Hardy's attitude to women: apologist or misogynist? With the help of manuscript evidence and references to Hardy's autobiography, letters, literary notebooks, marginalia, and the letters of his wives, this book combines a biographical approach with a feminist reading. Significant space is devoted to the 'minor' novels, the short stories, and to Hardy's real life literary relations with his contemporary women writers, his protégées and his two 'scribbling' wives, to balance the hitherto exclusive focus on the 'major' novels.


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