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Thomas Hardy was equally eminent as a novelist and a poet and thus holds a unique place in English Literature.
More than seven decades after his death, Thomas Hardy is still surprisingly alive if uninterrupted critical attention is a test.
The nineteen essays included in the volume ? thirteen on Hardy?s fiction, five on his poetry, and one on general overview ? cover a broad range of critical perspective on Hardy?s fiction and poetry, which include the comparative, the Freudian, the existentialist, the absurdist, the ?psychospatial,? the feminist, the aesthetic-artistic, the historicist, the dialectical, the mythical, the symbolic, among others.
The collection will be relevant and useful to both students and scholars of English literature as it brings into focus a wide spectrum of interesting sidelights on, and illuminating analyses of the various dimensions of Hardy?s works; some of the papers are refreshingly original and perceptive in their approach to and treatment of the respective subjects.
As a ?great? writer Hardy has remained problematic, demanding that his readers wrestle with him. The present volume claims to have joined that unbroken wrestle ? more than a century-old ? with the words and meanings of Hardy?s works.
Contributions from the eminent scholars in the field have enhanced the value of the collection.
Dr. Rama Kundu is a full Professor of English. She has been teaching in the Post-graduate Department of English, Burdwan University, West Bengal,
since 1976. She is the author of three books : Vision and Design in Hardy?s Fiction, Wrestling With God : Studies in English Devotional Poetry, and a Bengali book Anandamath O Sampradaikta on Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay. She has also edited an anthology of research papers on Rabindranath Tagore?s Home and the World, and translated a book of poems into English ? On the Revolving Stage. She has written a large number of research papers (73) published in scholarly journals and anthologies in India and abroad. Professor Kundu has participated and chaired sessions in a large number of National and International Conferences including three stints in Europe.