CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction. 2. The Rasa Theory. 3. Sentiment of Love - Sringar Rasa. 4. Sentiment of Humour: Hasya Rasa. 5. Pathos: Karuna Rasa. 6. Sentiments of Fear and Fury: Bhayanak and Raudra Rasas. 7. Sentiments of Filial Love and Peace: Vatsalya and Santa Rasas. 8. Conclusion.
Rasa is present in every work of literature. It is the psychological Study of Emotions and it deals with the delight one gets in literature. Indian aestheticians have paid special attention to this aspect of Artistic creation. In this book an attempt has been made to explore various Rasas-sentiments-in the Novels of Hardy. It may be said that Hardy's novels are very aesthetic in essence. We like them as we like pictures not only because they recall reality to us but also because they stir our emotions directly by their individual quality. This study will surely enhance the appreciation of the aesthetic excellence of Hardy's novels. Since no study of Thomas Hardy's novels has so far been made from this standpoint, it is hoped that the present book will be of great interest for the Academic community.