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This book examines the transition from traditional to modern elegy through a close study of Thomas Hardy's oeuvre and its commitment to mourning and remembrance. Hardy is usually read as an avowed elegist who writes against the collective forgetfulness typical of the late-Victorian era. But Hardy, as argued here, is dialectically implicated in the very cultural and psychological amnesia that he resists, as her book demonstrates by expanding the corpus of study beyond the spousal elegies (the "Poems of 1912-1913") to include a wide variety of poems, novels and short stories that deal with…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book examines the transition from traditional to modern elegy through a close study of Thomas Hardy's oeuvre and its commitment to mourning and remembrance. Hardy is usually read as an avowed elegist who writes against the collective forgetfulness typical of the late-Victorian era. But Hardy, as argued here, is dialectically implicated in the very cultural and psychological amnesia that he resists, as her book demonstrates by expanding the corpus of study beyond the spousal elegies (the "Poems of 1912-1913") to include a wide variety of poems, novels and short stories that deal with bereavement and mourning. Locating the modern aspect of Hardy's elegiac writing in this ambivalence and in the subversion of memory as unreliable, the book explores the textual moments at which Hardy challenges binary dichotomies such as forgetting vs. remembering, narcissism vs. unselfish commitment, grief vs. betrayal, the work of mourning vs. melancholia, presence vs. absence. The book's analysis allows us to relate Hardy's elegiac poetics, and particularly his description of the mourner as a writer, to shifting late-Victorian conceptualizations of death, memory, art, science and gender relations.

Autorenporträt
Galia Benziman is Senior Lecturer in English at the Open University of Israel and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on British literature of the long nineteenth century; in particular, on Dickens, Hardy, the history of childhood, and the Elegy. Her first book, Narratives of Child Neglect in Romantic and Victorian Culture, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
Rezensionen
"It gives us insightful and nuanced readings of a huge range of Hardy's work, and this will make it useful for students and scholars who are interested in less-often discussed pieces." (Eve Sorum, Victorian Studies, Vol. 62 (1), 2019)
"Benziman makes a valuable contribution, not just to Hardy scholarship, but also to debates concerning death and mourning in Victorian literature more widely. In her exploration of Hardy's rich literary canvas, from stories of returning dead lovers to poetic portraits of grief-stricken pet owners, there is also much to interest the more general Hardy enthusiast." (Stephanie Meek, BAVS Newsletter, Vol. 19 (1), July, 2019)