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Author Wickens, G. Glen, 1947-
Title Thomas Hardy, monism and the carnival tradition : the one and the many in The dynasts / G. Glen Wickens.
Imprint Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, 2002.

Subject Bakhtin, M. M. (Mikhail Mikhaĭlovich), 1895-1975.
Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928. Dynasts.
Carnival in literature.
Monism in literature.
Description 1 online resource (xix, 255 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-246) and index.
Summary "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 Bakhtin - in particular his concept of carnival - Wickens also counters the usual view of The Dynasts as failed epic or tragedy, and instead situates the work as a novel within the serio-comical genres. In doing so, he brings out new, violent implications to Bakhtin's theory of laughter and carnival." "Thomas Hardy, Monism, and the Carnival Tradition is the first book-length study of Thomas Hardy's The Dynasts since 1977. It will be of interest to Hardy scholars, critics of Bakhtin, and readers interested in monist philosophy or nineteenth-century history."--Jacket.
Contents ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction: Relocating The Dynasts""; ""1 Hardy's Longest Novel and the Monistic Theory of the Universe""; ""2 The Will's Official Spirit""; ""3 Unconscious or Superconscious?""; ""4 Poetry and Prose""; ""5 A Carnivalesque Picture of Carnival""; ""6 Heroism, Speech Zones, and Genres""; ""7 The Crowds of War""; ""8 Chronotopes and the Death-Birth of a World""; ""Conclusion: Hardy and Bakhtin""; ""Notes""; ""Works Cited""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""R""; ""S""
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Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781442682634 (electronic bk.)
1442682639 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 244768791
Additional Format Print version: Wickens, G. Glen, 1947- Thomas Hardy, monism, and the carnival tradition. Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2002 9780802048646 (DLC) 2003269097 (OCoLC)48580070