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Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Sourcebook

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This sourcebook offers an introduction to Thomas Hardy's crucial novel, offering:

  • a contextual overview, a chronology and reprinted contemporary documents, including a selection of Hardy's poems
  • an overview of the book's early reception and recent critical fortunes, as well as a wide range of reprinted extracts from critical works
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Overview

This sourcebook offers an introduction to Thomas Hardy's crucial novel, offering:

  • a contextual overview, a chronology and reprinted contemporary documents, including a selection of Hardy's poems
  • an overview of the book's early reception and recent critical fortunes, as well as a wide range of reprinted extracts from critical works
  • key passages from the novel, reprinted with editorial comment and cross-referenced within the volume to contextual and critical documents
  • suggestions for further reading and a list of relevant web resources.

For students on a wide range of courses, this sourcebook offers the essential stepping-stone from a basic reading knowledge to an advanced understanding of Hardy's best-known novel.

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Table of Contents

1 Contexts 9
Contextual overview 11
Chronology 16
Contemporary documents 20
Thomas Hardy, 'Candour in English fiction' (1890) 20
Thomas Hardy, excerpt from serialized version of Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891) 25
Thomas Hardy, selection of poems 26
Tess's lament 27
We field-women 29
The well-beloved 29
The ruined maid 31
At a hasty wedding 32
A hurried meeting 32
The turnip-hoer 33
Winter in Durnover Field 35
Doom and she 36
The lacking sense 37
The labourer's daily life 38
Field-faring women 40
The virgin forest [of Brazil] 41
Stonehenge 42
2 Interpretations 45
Critical history 47
Early critical reception 56
Illustrated London News (1892) 56
Athenaeum (1892) 57
Spectator (1892) 58
Blackwood's magazine (1892) 58
Culture and anarchy, Quarterly Review (1892) 61
Modern criticism 64
Thomas Hardy (1967) 64
Thomas Hardy : his career as a novelist (1971) 66
The novels of Thomas Hardy : illusion and reality (1974) 69
Tess's purity, Essays in criticism (1976) 72
An essay on Hardy (1978) 75
Ways of looking at Tess, Studies in philology (1982) 76
Thomas Hardy and the proper study of mankind (1993) 78
Moments of vision : postmodernising Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1994) 79
The English novel : form and function (1953) 81
Colour and movement in Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1968) 83
Hardy the writer (1990) 85
Thomas Hardy and women : sexual ideology and narrative form (1982) 87
Tess and Alec : rape or seduction? (1986) 89
"You did not come" : absence, death and eroticism in Tess (1990) 92
The rape of Tess : Hardy, English law, and the case for sexual assault (1997) 93
"Three Leahs to get one Rachel" : redundant women in Tess of the d'Urbervilles (2000) 95
The language of fiction : essays in criticism and verbal analysis of the English novel (1967) 97
Thomas Hardy and rural England (1972) 99
The great web : the form of Hardy's major fiction (1974) 101
"The perfection of species" and Hardy's Tess (1977) 104
Dreaming holmberry-lipped Tess : aboriginal reverie and spectatorial desire in Tess of the d'Urbervilles (2000) 106
The work in performance 110
3 Key passages 115
Key passages 120
From Phase the first : the maiden 120
From Phase the second : maiden no more 136
From Phase the third : the rally 140
From Phase the fourth : the consequence 150
From Phase the fifth : the woman pays 153
From Phase the sixth : the convert 165
From Phase the seventh : fulfilment 172
4 Further reading 185
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