The Efficacy of Human Choice in the Shorter Prose Fiction of Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy, human choice, shorter prose fiction, contemporary fiction, writing, short stories


Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Fiction | Technical and Professional Writing


Being shadowed by his novels and poems, and being significantly unlike contemporary short stories, Thomas Hardy's shorter prose works have been for the most part neglected in critical studies. Most critics ignore them; those that do consider them generally offer only cursory analysis. Since I believe the short fictions have been given less attention than is their due, I endeavor to shed a bit more light on this darkened corner of literary analysis. Specifically, I have chosen to analyze the stories with respect to a problem central to the various melancholy "-isms" of the late nineteenth century: the effectiveness of human choice.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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