Thomas Hardy and Eco-criticism. From Romantic Literature to Climate Change Fiction


Term Paper, 2020

14 Pages, Grade: 1,3


Abstract or Introduction

The industrialization of the 18th and 19th centuries reshaped both the physical landscape and societal structures, leading to the decline of rural life and a growing disconnection from nature. Thomas Hardy, renowned for his affection for the countryside and commitment to preserving traditions, captured this shift in his literary works.

This paper examines Hardy's portrayal of nature through the lens of eco-criticism, a framework exploring environmental themes in literature. Hardy's novels, such as "Far from the Madding Crowd" and "Tess of the D’Urbervilles," depict the tension between rural and urban life, highlighting the impact of ecological factors on human existence.

Through analysis of Hardy's narrative techniques, including anthropomorphism and personification, his ecological consciousness can be uncovered. Understanding the interplay between humanity and nature in Hardy's works sheds light on his enduring relevance as a literary figure and advocate for environmental conservation.

Details

Title
Thomas Hardy and Eco-criticism. From Romantic Literature to Climate Change Fiction
College
University of Bamberg
Course
Anglistik at Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg
Grade
1,3
Author
Year
2020
Pages
14
Catalog Number
V1448907
ISBN (eBook)
9783963555954
ISBN (Book)
9783963555961
Language
English
Keywords
nature, eco-critisim, Literatur , english nature literature, Thomas Hardy, Far from the madding crowd
Quote paper
Elena Karl (Author), 2020, Thomas Hardy and Eco-criticism. From Romantic Literature to Climate Change Fiction, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1448907

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