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Temporalities and the Body in Hardy's A Laodicean

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A Thomas Hardy Society Conference Lecture by Professor Pamela Gilbert

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In A Laodicean Hardy explores the relationship between past and present, the romantic other and the alienated modern self. In various inscriptions - architectural, artistic, bodily - Hardy shows the simultaneously truthful and deceptive qualities of modernity's identifications and disidentifications with history.

Professor Pamela Gilbert is Albert Brick Professor of English at the University of Florida. Her most recent book, Victorian Skin: Surface, Self, History, focuses on the history of the body, medicine and realism in the nineteenth century, with special attention to skin and surface. This is an extension of her long-term work on the history of the body and medicine in the period, and on the history of genre. Other areas of interest include gender, popular literature and medical humanities. Some recent article publications include “Dreadful: Aesthetic Fear in Victorian Reading” in Dreadful Passions: Fear in the Literary and Medical Imagination Medieval to Modern; “How Disgust Entered the Ghost Story,” Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story, (Scott Brewster and Luke Thurston, eds. London: Routledge, 2018: 409-417), “The Will to Touch: David Copperfield’s Hand.” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (November 2014), and the coedited Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature in four volumes, Blackwell, 2015 (Coedited with Dino Felluga and Linda Hughes), which won the “Outstanding Reference Book” designation from the American Library Association, January 2016.

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