Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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This book offers a fresh approach to Hardy's novel, highlighting its modern qualities. Dale Kramer re-examines the main characters and investigates Hardy's handling of the plot and the novel's characteristics as a tragedy. He gives special consideration to Tess's search for her identity, and the role of her sexuality in this process. He also discusses the work's rural background, its place in Victorian literature, and its influence and reception.show more

Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 table
  • 1139166190
  • 9781139166195

Review quote

"...a judicious and discriminating scholarly study of Tess...anyone wanting a solid and perceptive introduction to Tess will find Kramer's little book a sure guide." English Literature in Transitionshow more

Table of contents

Text and acknowledgements; Chronologies; 1. Introduction; 2. Backgrounds; 3. Some literary influences; 4. The shaping of character in Tess of the d'Urbervilles; 5. Plot; 6. Tragedy; 7. The influence of Tess; Further reading.show more