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Writers in a Landscape

Writers in a Landscape studies the ways in which writers such as Thomas Hardy, Richard Jefferies, Edward Thomas and John Cowper Powys construct literary ’worlds’ from actual places and landscapes. The author relates the literature of place to modern social and historical issues and is also concerned with the ways in which the writers use landscape and place to mediate a sense of the sacred in a period of widespread loss of orthodox religious belief.

The book explores specific works by this cluster of authors who are also discussed in relation to each other. The discussion is broadened to consider the literary se of place in general, and, in particular, works such as Golding’s The Spire and V. S. Naipaul’s The Enigma of Arrival.

175 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1996

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

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Table of Contents

1   Landscape of childhood
2   Richard Jefferies: The art of seeing
3   ’Which way is England?: Richard Jefferies’ After London
4   From graven image to speech: Edward Thomas’s prose
5   Landscape of history, landscape of myth: Edward Thomas’s south country
6   Thomas Hardy, John Cowper Powys and Wessex
7   ’Masks of life’: The Mayor of Casterbridge and Maiden Castle
8   In the shadow of a dying god: The Enigma of Arrival and The Spire

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