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Author Bownas, Jane L.

Title War, the hero and the will : Hardy, Tolstoy and the Napoleonic wars / Jane L. Bownas
Published Brighton, [England] ; Chicago : Sussex Academic Press, 2015
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Contents Introductory chapter -- Masterpieces in the making -- The language of war -- The hero and the crowd -- The will and the conscious mind -- Consequences and conclusions
Summary "Thomas Hardy's The Dynasts and Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace are both works which defy attempts to assign them to a particular genre but might seem to have little else in common apart from being set in the same period of history. This study argues that there are important similarities between these two works and examines the close correspondence between Hardy's and Tolstoy's thinking on themes relating to war, ideas of the heroic and the concept of free will. Although coming from very different backgrounds, both writers were influenced by their experiences of war, Tolstoy directly, by involvement in the wars in the Caucasus and the Crimea, and Hardy indirectly, by the events of the Anglo-Boer Wars. Their reaction to these experiences found expression in their descriptions of the wars fought against Napoleon at the beginning of the century. Hegel saw Napoleon as 'the great world-historical man of his time', and this work considers the ways in which Hardy and Tolstoy undermine this view, portraying Napoleon's physical and mental decline and questioning the role he played in determining the outcomes of military actions" -- Provided by publisher
Notes "First published in 2015 in Great Britain by Sussex Academic Press" -- Verso title page
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 -- In literature.
Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928. Dynasts
Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910. Voń≠na i mir.
Free will and determinism in literature.
Heroic virtue in literature.
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Literature and the wars.
War in literature.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1782841962 (electronic bk.)
1782841989 (electronic bk.)
9781782841968 (electronic bk.)
9781782841982 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Hardy, Tolstoy and the Napoleonic wars