Thomas Hardy and Animals by Anna West

By Anna West

Thomas Hardy and Animals examines the human and nonhuman animals who stroll and move slowly and fly throughout and round the pages of Hardy's novels. Animals abound in his writings, but little scholarly recognition has been paid to them thus far. This publication fills this hole in Hardy reviews, bringing a massive writer inside diversity of a brand new and constructing quarter of serious inquiry. It considers the way in which Hardy's representations of animals challenged principles of human-animal barriers debated through the Victorian clinical and philosophical groups. In moments of come across among people and animals, Hardy questions barriers in accordance with principles of ethical feel or ethical supplier, language and cause, the ownership of a face, and the means to endure and understand discomfort. via an emphasis on embodied encounters, his writings demand an extension of empathy to others, human or nonhuman. during this available booklet Anna West bargains a brand new method of Hardy criticism.

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