Thomas Hardy’s Pastoral

An Unkindly May

  • Indy Clark

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Indy Clark
    Pages 1-20
  3. Indy Clark
    Pages 59-100
  4. Indy Clark
    Pages 101-140
  5. Indy Clark
    Pages 141-183
  6. Indy Clark
    Pages 184-195
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 196-217

About this book


This book reads Hardy's poetry of the rural as deeply rooted in the historical tradition of the pastoral mode even as it complicates and extends it. It shows that in addition to reinstating the original tensions of classical pastoral, Hardy dramatizes a heightened awareness of complex communities and the relations of class, labour, and gender.


Thomas Hardy poetry pastoral bucolic work labour class Wessex rural relations countryside country city landscape cultural materialism Raymond Williams knowable community tradition Theocritus Virgil

Authors and affiliations

  • Indy Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.University of QueenslandAustralia

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