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Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

2. Choices and the Chase

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Lecture

In this module, we follow Tess as she makes her way to Trantridge and meets Alec. In particular, we think about the characterisation of Alec in this part of the novel, which is perhaps more subtle than first appears, as well as Tess’ apparent rape by Alec —perhaps Tess isn’t as innocent in the affair as she first appears?

Course

In this course, Ms Karen Hewitt (University of Oxford) explores Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. As we move through the course, we think about the social context of the novel—particularly Victorian ideas about female sexuality—and the ways in which Hardy approached, evaded and dealt with these problems in his early portrayal of Tess. After that, we think about Hardy’s poetic imagery, the way he sees the world, his attitudes to nature and man’s impact on the world around him, before ending with religion and the meaning of life—particularly the response of Tess and those around her of what Tess calls “the ache of modernism”.

Lecturer

A tutor in Literature at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. Karen Hewitt MA, MBE (Oxon) teaches regularly at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and also in Russian universities. She has written books and edited anthologies on English Literature including Understanding English Literature.

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Hewitt, K. (2018, August 15). Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Choices and the Chase [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/hardy-tess-of-the-d-urbervilles/choices-and-the-chase

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Hewitt, Karen. "Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles – Choices and the Chase." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/hardy-tess-of-the-d-urbervilles/choices-and-the-chase