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Boats and Knitting Machines: Objects of Doom in Hardy and Conrad

Abstract : Thomas Hardy and Joseph Conrad gave voice and shape to the mood of the times they lived in. They were highly aware of what changes progress brought about in people’s lives in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Conrad wrote lengthily about sailboats, steamships and vessels. Hardy depicted landscapes surrounded by railways and field workers using a threshing machine. Such objects of modern civilization led them to question the value of progress and to warn readers about the dangers of dehumanization. In their writings, man’s predicament appears to be heightened rather than alleviated by the quest for advancement, leading both Hardy and Conrad to give a new form to tragedy in their fiction.
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Stéphanie Bernard. Boats and Knitting Machines: Objects of Doom in Hardy and Conrad. FATHOM - a French e-journal of Thomas Hardy Studies,, 2019, ⟨10.4000/fathom.1300⟩. ⟨hal-02334257⟩



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