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Thomas Hardy, monism, and the carnival tradition : the one and the many in The dynasts

Author: G Glen Wickens
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©2002.
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"In this book, G. Glen Wickens offers a new reading of a work which is often ignored by critics and students of Victorian literature, Thomas Hardy's The Dynasts. Wickens explores the monistic viewpoint of The Dynasts through reference to nineteenth- and early twentieth-century philosophical writings which have never before been applied to Hardy's writing. Using insights derived from the critical theory of Mikhail  Read more...
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Named Person: Thomas Hardy; M M Bakhtin; Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Thomas Hardy; M M Bakhtin; Thomas Hardy; Thomas Hardy; Michail Bachtin; Napoleon, kejsare av Frankrike
Material Type: Internet resource
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All Authors / Contributors: G Glen Wickens
ISBN: 0802048641 9780802048646
OCLC Number: 48580070
Description: xix, 255 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: G. Glen Wickens.
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