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Thomas Hardy and Victorian Communication : Letters, Telegrams and Postal Systems.

Author: Karin Koehler
Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2016.
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Koehler, Karin.
Thomas Hardy and Victorian Communication : Letters, Telegrams and Postal Systems.
Cham : Springer International Publishing, ©2016
Named Person: Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Karin Koehler
ISBN: 9783319291024 3319291025
OCLC Number: 951222708
Description: 1 online resource (253 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Contents; Chapter 1: Introduction: 'A modern Wessex of the penny post'; Rowland Hill and the Penny Post; Epistolary to Postal; Situating the Research; Why Hardy?; Methodology and Chapter Outlines; Chapter 2: 'The speaking age is passing away, to make room for the writing age': From Oral Tradition to Written Culture; 'Keeping alive feelings of kindliness and affection': Communal Letters; 'Some important benefits to commerce': Letters and Economic Change; Chapter 3: 'Inconvenient old letters': Letters and Privacy in Hardy's Fiction. A Public Man in a Private Medium Privacy in the Nineteenth Century; 'Can you read, Madam?': The Transparent Woman in The Return of the Native; 'Fresh lips or none for me': Innocence and Experience in A Pair of Blue Eyes; 'To know no better than commit herself in writing': Surveillance from Below in The Mayor of Casterbridge; Chapter 4: 'A more material existence than her own': Epistolary Selves in Hardy's Fiction; 'A true exposition of her feeling': Epistolary Authenticity in Two on a Tower and Desperate Remedies; 'A piece of construction': Composing the Self in The Hand of Ethelberta. 'The more material media through which this story moves': Limits of Expression in Hardy's Fiction'This distortion of her meaning': Reading the Other in Desperate Remedies and Far from the Madding Crowd; Chapter 5: 'Never so nice in your real presence as you are in your letters': Letters and Desire in Jude the Obscure; 'My dear, dear cousin': Negotiating Intimacy; 'Liquid, untranslatable eyes': Resisting Definition; 'This pretty body of mine has been the ruin of me': Sublimating Desire; 'The letter killeth'; Chapter 6: 'A Story of To-Day': Hardy's Postal Plots. 'Departure by the mail': Desperate Remedies'Speed and easy frequency which the letters did not possess': A Laodicean; Chapter 7: 'Unopened and forgotten': Letters from the Margins; 'Only a wall-but what a wall': Jude the Obscure; 'Poor Marty's only card': The Woodlanders; 'Confess by word of mouth she could not, but there was another way': Tess of the d'Urbervilles; Chapter 8: Epistolary Ghosts: Letters in Hardy's Poems and Short Stories; 'On the Western Circuit': Anti-epistolary Fiction; 'Not a line of her writing have I': Letters, Loss, and Imagination in Hardy's Poetry. Chapter 9: Conclusion, or the Profitable Reading of LettersBibliography; Index.

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