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6. Endurance Among the Stones
About this Lecture
In this module, we turn to the scenes following Angel’s abandonment of Tess, when she is working the fields at Flintcomb-Ash. In particular, we think about Hardy’s presentation of nature—its indifference to the affairs of man, and man’s ability to despoil it through carelessness and/or stupidity.
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”.
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.
Cite this Lecture
Hewitt, K. (2018, August 15). Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Endurance Among the Stones [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/hardy-tess-of-the-d-urbervilles/endurance-among-the-stones
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