How Hardy Frames His Texts

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On March 7, 2019 at 19:30


Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, DT2 8PY 

How Hardy Frames his Texts

Dr Mary Rimmer, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Our Hardy Country Partners, Dorset County Museum, University of Exeter, National Trust, Thomas hardy Society and Kingston Maurward College are pleased to present the 2018/19 Thomas Hardy Public Lecture Series. Join them for informative and entertaining lectures on the celebrated Dorset writer and poet in the heart of Hardy Country.

Thomas Hardy characteristically wrote, planned, or had a hand in planning the various texts and images that introduce his novels—the titles, the title pages, the prefaces and sometimes even the covers. Presumably he wanted these verbal and visual elements at the edge of his texts to influence his readers, but what sort of influence do they exert? To what extent do or should they control anyone's reading? Focusing on particular examples from Hardy's novels, this talk will consider a range of questions raised by the way Hardy frames his texts for prospective readers, and probe the connections between the frames and the texts.

Mary Rimmer has edited Desperate Remedies, published articles and book chapters on Hardy, and collaborated on editions of four early Trinidad novels. Recently retired from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, she is working on a book on culture and allusion in Hardy and on an edition of The Trumpet-Major for Cambridge University Press.

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