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226 pages

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Published Aug 2011

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781905739417

Digital: 9781784910792

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Archaeological Lives

A Distant Prospect of Wessex: Archaeology and the Past in the Life and Works of Thomas Hardy.

By Martin J. P. Davies

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Martin Davies examines Thomas Hardy's involvement with the past and the role it plays in his life and literary work. Hardy's life encompasses the transformation of archaeology out of mere antiquarianism into a fully scientific discipline. He observed this process at first hand, and its impact on his aesthetic and philosophical scheme was profound.



Preface ;
Chapter One: Introduction: Perspectives on the Past ;
Chapter Two: Ancient Inspiration from the Science of the Imagination: Hardy, Archaeology, and Wessex (a Name Revived) ;
Chapter Three: Novelist and ‘Born Archaeologist’: Hardy’s Personal Writings ;
Chapter Four: Hardy’s Roman Town: The Setting for The Mayor of Casterbridge ;
Chapter Five: Ancient and Modern Collide: Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Stonehenge ;
Chapter Six: Barrows and Beyond: Landscapes of the Past ;
Chapter Seven: Personal Memories and Ancient Remains: The Poetry ;
Chapter Eight: Beyond Wessex: Architecture and Ideas in Oxford and Cornwall ;
Bibliography ;
Index of People and Places