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The Resource Thomas Hardy and the law : legal presences in Hardy's life and fiction, William A. Davis

Thomas Hardy and the law : legal presences in Hardy's life and fiction, William A. Davis

Label
Thomas Hardy and the law : legal presences in Hardy's life and fiction
Title
Thomas Hardy and the law
Title remainder
legal presences in Hardy's life and fiction
Statement of responsibility
William A. Davis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Thomas Hardy and the Law argues that Hardy's extensive legal research and experience drove his writing of fiction throughout his career. The book studies Hardy's legal research and friendships, his work as a Dorchester magistrate, actual Victorian law cases from which he drew novel material, nineteenth-century legal reform, the legal "machinery" of the novels, and Hardy's position as an advocate for the reform of the marriage laws. Legal-fictional issues analyzed in the book's five chapters include civil marriage, sham marriage, rape, seduction, marital desertion, divorce, adultery and murder investigations, legal inquests, bigamous marriages, matrimonial cruelty, and wife-sale. These issues are grouped into chapters that study the progress of human relationships from their beginnings to their ends. Throughout his fiction, Hardy offers a representation of life - particularly female life - as an evolving legal spectacle, one in which the law enables yet also interferes with human plans in the earlier fiction and eventually "prescribes" human life in the later works."--Jacket
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Davis, William A.
Dewey number
823/.8
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4757.L36
LC item number
D38 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Law and literature
  • Law in literature
  • Legal stories, English
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Droit et littérature
  • Droit dans la littérature
  • Recht
  • Frau
Label
Thomas Hardy and the law : legal presences in Hardy's life and fiction, William A. Davis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 190-194) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface 7 -- Abbreviations 13 -- -- 1. Hardy's interest in the law 17 -- Hardy's legal research 18 -- Hardy's legal friendships 30 -- Hardy the magistrate 39 -- The law and Hardy's fiction 44 -- -- 2. Bad beginnings and good plots : marriage laws, sham marriage, and assault 49 -- Marriage laws and plot in Hardy's novels 50 -- Sham marriage, criminal law, and Tess 67 -- The rape of Tess : Hardy, the law, and the plot of Tess 77 -- -- 3. Things fall apart : marital desertion, wife sale, and woman-taming 87 -- Desertion 88 -- Wife sale and the justice plot 106 -- Woman-taming 114 -- -- 4. "Prescribed by law" : Hardy, the divorce question, and the purposes of fiction 122 -- Matrimonial cruelty : the case of The Woodlanders 125 -- The adultery ground : legal naivete and collusion in Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure 138 -- The public nature of divorce : Hardy, the "Crawford-Dilke" case, and Jude the Obscure 153 -- -- 5. The evolution of the law in Hardy's fiction 164 -- From good solicitors to dangerous imposters : representatives of the law in Hardy's novels 165 -- From naive heroines to savvy divorcees : the acquisition of legal knowledge in the novels 168 -- From justice to "Justice" and "Tragic Machinery" : the eroding sense of the law 173 -- From reliance on the law to the call for legal reform : Hardy's use of the law in the early and later novels 178 -- -- Notes 185 -- Bibliography 190 -- Index 195
Control code
49495093
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
199 pages
Isbn
9780874137989
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002021770
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)49495093
Label
Thomas Hardy and the law : legal presences in Hardy's life and fiction, William A. Davis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 190-194) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface 7 -- Abbreviations 13 -- -- 1. Hardy's interest in the law 17 -- Hardy's legal research 18 -- Hardy's legal friendships 30 -- Hardy the magistrate 39 -- The law and Hardy's fiction 44 -- -- 2. Bad beginnings and good plots : marriage laws, sham marriage, and assault 49 -- Marriage laws and plot in Hardy's novels 50 -- Sham marriage, criminal law, and Tess 67 -- The rape of Tess : Hardy, the law, and the plot of Tess 77 -- -- 3. Things fall apart : marital desertion, wife sale, and woman-taming 87 -- Desertion 88 -- Wife sale and the justice plot 106 -- Woman-taming 114 -- -- 4. "Prescribed by law" : Hardy, the divorce question, and the purposes of fiction 122 -- Matrimonial cruelty : the case of The Woodlanders 125 -- The adultery ground : legal naivete and collusion in Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure 138 -- The public nature of divorce : Hardy, the "Crawford-Dilke" case, and Jude the Obscure 153 -- -- 5. The evolution of the law in Hardy's fiction 164 -- From good solicitors to dangerous imposters : representatives of the law in Hardy's novels 165 -- From naive heroines to savvy divorcees : the acquisition of legal knowledge in the novels 168 -- From justice to "Justice" and "Tragic Machinery" : the eroding sense of the law 173 -- From reliance on the law to the call for legal reform : Hardy's use of the law in the early and later novels 178 -- -- Notes 185 -- Bibliography 190 -- Index 195
Control code
49495093
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
199 pages
Isbn
9780874137989
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002021770
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)49495093

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