Form and Feeling in Modern Literature
Essays in Honour of Barbara Hardy

Edited by William Baker with Isobel Armstrong

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

4 March 2013  •  226pp

ISBN: 978-1-907975-37-0 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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Essays, short stories and poems by eminent creative writers, critics and scholars from three continents celebrate the literary achievements of Barbara Hardy, the foremost exponent of close critical reading in the latter half of the twentieth century and today. Her work, as the essays in the volume bear witness, encompasses 19th and 20th century British fiction, poetry, and Shakespeare. In addition to an introduction outlining and assessing Hardy's career and writing, there is an extensive bibliography of her work. Comparatively short, concise essays, stories and poems by twenty distinguished hands express the eclectic nature of Barbara Hardy's work and themselves form a many-faceted critical/creative gathering. Form and Feeling moves away from the traditional festschrift to create an innovative critical genre that reflects the variety and nature of its subject's work.

In addition to Barbara Hardy's own writing, authors and subjects treated include Anglo-Welsh poetry, nineteenth century fiction, Margaret Atwood, Wilkie Collins, Ivy Compton Burnet, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, G. M. Hopkins, Wyndham Lewis, George Meredith, Alice Meynell, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Shakespeare, and W. B. Yeats, amongst others.

Reviews:

  • ‘The editors are to be congratulated on putting together a volume which maintains a consistently high quality, while ranging widely over a multitude of topics.’ — Leonee Ormond, George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies 64-65, October 2013, 99-100
  • ‘An excellent tribute to the work of Professor Hardy; however, the critical essays and their approach to fiction in the nineteenth century also make this collection of interest to scholars in the field who may not be as familiar with the work of Hardy.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 50.4, October 2014, 506

Contents:

Part I: The Work of Barbara Hardy
2-10
Introduction
Isobel Armstrong
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11-18
A New Voice in Criticism: The Early Work of Barbara Hardy
Sybil Oldfield
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Part II: The Art of Narrative
20-28
The Shakespearean Nights of Robert Louis Stevenson
Peter L. Caracciolo
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29-42
Wilkie Collins’s Basil: A Story of Modern Life: An Author’s Search for an Appropriate Form
William Baker
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43-50
The Absent Dog: Great Expectations
Beryl Gray
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51-58
Moments of Suspension in Dickens
John Rignall
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59-62
Hamlet’s Revenge; or, Mr Q Strikes Back
Michael Slater
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63-74
The Mill on the Floss and the ‘Spirit’ of Capitalism
George Levine
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75-86
Scenes of Reading Romola
Margaret Harris
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Part III: The Art of Poetry
88-99
Aesthetics, Visuality and Feelings in the Natural Theology of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Alice Meynell
Hilary Fraser
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100-110
The Wanderings of Yeats and Oisin
Ronald Schuchard
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111-120
Poetry and Magic; or, Thinking through Form and Feeling; or, The Uses of Unpleasure
Deryn Rees-Jones
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Part IV: Writing Women and Children
122-131
Misogyny on Trial: Shakespeare and Honour Killing
Loraine Fletcher
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132-144
Jeanie Deans and Narrative Method in The Heart of Mid-Lothian
Martin Dodsworth
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145-151
Abjection and the Nineteenth-Century Novel: When is a Human Not a Human?
Isobel Armstrong
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152-159
The Image of Childhood in George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss and Silas Marner
Alain Jumeau
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160-170
Tellers and Listeners: The Narrative Imagination of Carol Shields
Coral Ann Howells
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Part V: Fictions
172-176
Eleanor Mear’s Tea Party
Janet El-Rayess
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177-182
The Tailor’s Dummy
Sue Roe
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Appendix: Barbara Hardy
184
A Short Biography
William Baker
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185-203
A Primary and Secondary Bibliography 1948–2012
William Baker
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Armstrong, William Baker with Isobel (ed.), Form and Feeling in Modern Literature: Essays in Honour of Barbara Hardy (Cambridge: Legenda, 2013)

First footnote reference: 35 Form and Feeling in Modern Literature: Essays in Honour of Barbara Hardy, ed. by William Baker with Isobel Armstrong (Cambridge: Legenda, 2013), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Armstrong, p. 47.

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