Satirizing the Reader in Thomas Hardy’s "The Hand of Ethelberta"

dc.contributor.authorCarelse, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-18T16:42:50Z
dc.date.available2018-04-18T16:42:50Z
dc.date.copyright2018en_US
dc.date.issued2018-04-18
dc.description.abstractThomas Hardy (1840–1928) is well known today for the trenchant social critique of novels such as Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891) and Jude the Obscure (1894–95), which scandalized their initial readers by subverting Victorian sexual double standards and class hierarchies. These novels have become so well known for the political nature of their subversiveness, however, that they have overshadowed a contrasting type of social criticism in Hardy’s fiction that has gone largely unstudied: Hardy’s satire of Victorian reading practices and literary institutions. To bring further attention to this more lighthearted side of Hardy’s social criticism, this research project analyzes the novel in which that lightheartedness is most apparent: Hardy’s little-studied comedic novel The Hand of Ethelberta (1875–76), which I argue is valuable not for the trenchant social critique we have come to associate with Hardy but rather for its coy satire of its own readers. In doing so, I aim to uncover the comedic side of Hardy that often goes unacknowledged in Hardy scholarship, as well as bring attention to The Hand of Ethelberta not as Hardy’s least representative novel, as critics have traditionally considered it, but as the novel in which Hardy’s recurring interest in satirizing the reader finds its fullest expression.en_US
dc.description.reviewstatusRevieweden_US
dc.description.scholarlevelUndergraduateen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis project was supported by the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/9229
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectEnglish literatureen_US
dc.subjectfictionen_US
dc.subjectVictorian studiesen_US
dc.subjectThomas Hardyen_US
dc.subjectThe Hand of Ethelbertaen_US
dc.subjectgenreen_US
dc.subjectcomedy of mannersen_US
dc.subjectsatireen_US
dc.titleSatirizing the Reader in Thomas Hardy’s "The Hand of Ethelberta"en_US
dc.typePosteren_US

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