By Keith Wilson
Via unique essays from a uncommon staff of foreign students and Hardy experts, 'A better half to Thomas Hardy' presents a distinct, one-volume source, which encompasses all facets of Hardy's significant novels, brief tales, and poetry.
• trained by way of the most recent in scholarly, serious, and theoretical debates from many of the world's major Hardy scholars
• unearths groundbreaking insights via examinations of Hardy’s significant novels, brief tales, poetry, and drama
• Explores Hardy's paintings within the context of the main highbrow and socio-cultural currents of his time and assesses his legacy for next writers
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Gilles Deleuze understandably suggests that Hardy’s characters are not so much “people or subjects” as “collections of intensive sensations” (Deleuze and Parnet 1987: 39–40). So, of Bathsheba, kissed by Troy in the hollow amid the ferns: That minute’s interval had brought the blood beating into her face, set her stinging as if aflame to the very hollows of her feet, and enlarged emotion to a compass which quite swamped thought. It had brought upon her a stroke resulting, as did that of Moses in Horeb, in a liquid stream – here a stream of tears.
Suicide, for each of them, becomes a form of self-assertion. On Schopenhauer’s terms, only Tess finds the right way to die, as she rises from the altar at Stonehenge with the words “I am ready” (TD 382). She has acquired “the ocean-like calmness” of those who are content to let go of themselves and the world, “and who 34 Phillip Mallett then merely wait to see the last trace of the will vanish with the body that is animated by that trace” (Schopenhauer  1969 I: 410). The title of the last phase of the novel, “Fulfilment,” is not wholly ironic (Kelly 1982: 187).
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