Tess of the D’Urbervilles (by Thomas Hardy)

Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Tess of the D’Urbervilles


ISBN: 9780141439594Number of Pages: 592
Publisher: Penguin BooksBook Title: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Publication Year: 2003Target Audience: Trade
Author: Thomas HardyReading Age: 18+


Tess of the D’Urbervilles is a novel of the British writer Hardy, one of the Wessex series.

The novel tells the story of the heroine Tess, who was born in a poor peddler family. Her parents asked her to go to a rich old woman’s house to seek relatives.

As a result, she was seduced by her young master Alec. Later, she fell in love with the priest’s son Claire and got engaged. On the wedding night, she confessed her past misfortunes to her husband, but could not be forgiven. Thus they separated. Her husband went to Brazil.

A few years later, Tess met Alec again, and the latter pestered her, At this time, she had to live with her enemy because of her family’s predicament. Soon after Claire returned from abroad, she expressed her regret for her past ruthlessness to her wife.

In this case, Tess felt painfully that Alec d’Urberville had made her lose Claire for the second time, so she angrily killed him. Finally she was arrested and hanged.

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About the Author

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), is a English poet and novelist. He is a writer spanning two centuries. His early and middle creation mainly focused on novels, inheriting and carrying forward the literary tradition of the Victorian era. In his later years, he developed English literature in the 20th century with his outstanding poems.

Hardy published nearly 20 novels in his life, including Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure, Home Returning and Mayor of Casterbridge. There are 8 collections of poems, 918 in total.

In addition, there are many short and medium stories with the general name of “Wessex Story”, as well as the epic drama “The Kings”

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1. Tess of the d’Urbervilles: the complete text. Introduction: Biographical and historical contexts
The complete text.
Pt. 2. Tess of the d’Urbervilles: a case study in contemporary criticism. A critical history of Tess of the d’Urbervilles

  • The new historicism and Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • What is new historicism?
  • The new historicism: a selected bibliography
  • A new historicist perspective: Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Hardy’s anthropology of the novel / Catherine Gallagher
  • Feminist and gender criticism and Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • What are feminist and gender criticism?
  • Feminist and gender criticism: a selected bibliography
  • A feminist and gender perspective
  • Tess and the subject of sexual violence reading, rape, seduction / Ellen Rooney
  • Deconstruction and Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • What is deconstruction?
  • Deconstruction: a selected bibliography
  • A deconstructive perspective: Echoic language, uncertainty, and freedom in Tess of the d’Urbervilles /John Paul Riquelme
  • Reader-response criticism and Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • What is reader-response criticism?
  • Reader-response criticism: a selected bibliography
  • A reader-response perspective: “Driven well home to the reader’s heart”: Tess’s implicated audience /Garrett Stewart
  • Cultural criticism and Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • What is cultural criticism?
  • Cultural criticism: a selected bibliography
  • A cultural perspective: The same and the different: standards and standardization in Thomas Hardy’s
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles / Jennifer Wicke.

Glossary of critical and theoretical terms.

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