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Reading and Mapping Hardy's Roads
Reading and Mapping Hardy's Roads
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Reading and Mapping Hardy's Roads

Scott Rode
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Reading and Mapping Hardy's Roads

Scott Rode
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This book examines Thomas Hardy's representations of the road and the ways the archaeological and historical record of roads inform his work. Through an analysis of the uneven and often competing road signs found within three of his major novels- The Return of the Native, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and Jude the Obscure - and by mapping the road travels of his protagonists, this book argues that the road as represented by Hardy provides a palimpsest that critiques the Victorian construction of social and sexual identities. Balancing modern exigencies with mythic possibilities, Hardy's fictive roads exist as contested spaces that channel desire for middle-class assimilation even as they provide the means both to reinforce and to resist conformity to hegemonic authority.

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Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Year
2006
ISBN
9781135519872
Topic
Literature
Subtopic
Literary Criticism
Edition
1

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