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Title:
Readings on Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Author:
Szumski, Bonnie, 1958-
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
224 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780737701968

9780737701975
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Book

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Summary

Summary

This novel explores the effects of a strict Victorian moral code upon its heroine. The work is also known for its unusual focus on the lower class and open treatment of sexuality and religion.


Summary

This novel explores the effects of a strict Victorian moral code upon its heroine. The work is also known for its unusual focus on the lower class and open treatment of sexuality and religion.


Table of Contents

D.H. LawrenceLance St. John ButlerBruce HugmanLeon WaldorfBruce HugmanThomas HindeDorothy Van GhentDavid LodgeJagdish Chandra DaveH.M. DaleskiVirginia R. HymanT.R. WrightAnne Z. MickelsonMarjorie GarsonBert G. HornbackRosemarie MorganShirley A. StaveJean R. BrooksD.H. LawrenceLance St. John ButlerBruce HugmanLeon WaldorfBruce HugmanThomas HindeDorothy Van GhentDavid LodgeJagdish Chandra DaveH.M. DaleskiVirginia R. HymanT.R. WrightAnne Z. MickelsonMarjorie GarsonBert G. HornbackRosemarie MorganShirley A. StaveJean R. Brooks
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Thomas Hardy: A Biographyp. 13
Characters and Plotp. 22
Chapter 1 Themes in Tess of the d'Urbervilles
1. Aristocracy in Tessp. 34
2. Christianity in Tessp. 41
3. A Critique of Education and Urban Attitudesp. 52
4. Determinism in Tessp. 58
5. Tess's Fate Is Not Predeterminedp. 68
6. The Destruction of Rural Lifep. 76
Chapter 2 Imagery and Symbols in Tess
1. The Image of the Earthp. 83
2. Hardy's Use of Nature Reveals His Narrative Flawsp. 93
3. Humanist Philosophy in Tessp. 103
Chapter 3 Men in Tess
1. The Character of Alecp. 111
2. Angel Clarep. 119
3. Tess Is a Victim of Menp. 128
Chapter 4 Tess
1. Tess: Poor and a Womanp. 143
2. Tess Is at Odds with Naturep. 153
3. Tess Is a Tragic Heroinep. 165
4. Tess Is Not a Victimp. 178
5. Tess as a Pagan Goddessp. 191
6. Tess Is Admirablep. 201
Chronologyp. 214
For Further Researchp. 218
Indexp. 220
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Thomas Hardy: A Biographyp. 13
Characters and Plotp. 22
Chapter 1 Themes in Tess of the d'Urbervilles
1. Aristocracy in Tessp. 34
2. Christianity in Tessp. 41
3. A Critique of Education and Urban Attitudesp. 52
4. Determinism in Tessp. 58
5. Tess's Fate Is Not Predeterminedp. 68
6. The Destruction of Rural Lifep. 76
Chapter 2 Imagery and Symbols in Tess
1. The Image of the Earthp. 83
2. Hardy's Use of Nature Reveals His Narrative Flawsp. 93
3. Humanist Philosophy in Tessp. 103
Chapter 3 Men in Tess
1. The Character of Alecp. 111
2. Angel Clarep. 119
3. Tess Is a Victim of Menp. 128
Chapter 4 Tess
1. Tess: Poor and a Womanp. 143
2. Tess Is at Odds with Naturep. 153
3. Tess Is a Tragic Heroinep. 165
4. Tess Is Not a Victimp. 178
5. Tess as a Pagan Goddessp. 191
6. Tess Is Admirablep. 201
Chronologyp. 214
For Further Researchp. 218
Indexp. 220