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Thomas Hardy: graded paper

Class at Faculty of Arts |



This course concentrates on the life and work of the greatest late-Victorian English novelist, Thomas Hardy. The attention is paid to six major novels (with the exception of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, this being studied in the B.A. course), to a few representative examples of Hardy's poetry and to some basic critical works on Hardy. Thus not only texts are discussed, but students are provided with broader cultural and social contexts.


Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree; Far from the Madding Crowd; The Return of the Native; The Mayor of Casterbridge; The Woodlanders; Jude the Obscure; Wessex Poems a choice of critical works on Hardy


Credit requirements include two oral presentations (one concerning a novel by Hardy, one presenting a theoretical text), one essay on the chosen novel, and active participation in the class discussion.


Scheduling of this seminar is provisional and subject to further notice.

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