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Fiction, truth in
A companion to aesthetics
  • Paisley Nathan LIVINGSTON, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
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Consider Thomas Hardy's 1895 novel, Jude the Obscure. It is true in the fiction that in spite of his humble origins, Jude Fawley aspires to a life of scholarship. It is also true in the fiction that the stonecutter sends letters to five academics expressing his desire to study at Christminster University. The only answer he receives is from T. Tetuphenay, the master of Biblioll College, who curtly advises him to abandon his scholarly ambitions. It is true in the fiction that Fawley never recovers from this blow, even though Hardy's narrator does not state the point explicitly.

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Copyright © 2009 Wiley-Blackwell
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ISBN of the source publication: 9781405169226
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Livingston, P. (2009). Fiction, truth in. In S. Davies, K. M. Higgins, R. Hopkins, R. Stecker, & D. E. Cooper (Eds.), A companion to aesthetics (2nd ed.) (pp. 281-284). Malden: Wiley-Blackwell.