This title includes introduction and notes by Michael Irwin, Professor of English Literature, University of Kent at Canterbury.
Set in Hardy's Wessex, Tess is a moving novel of hypocrisy and double standards. Its challenging sub-title, "A Pure Woman", infuriated critics when the book was first published in 1891, and it was condemned as immoral and pessimistic.
It tells of Tess Durbeyfield, the daughter of a poor and dissipated villager, who learns that she may be descended from the ancient family of d'Urbeville. In her search for respectability her fortunes fluctuate wildly, and the story assumes the proportions of a Greek tragedy.
It explores Tess' relationships with two very different men, her struggle against the social mores of the rural Victorian world which she inhabits and the hypocrisy of the age.
About the Author
Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June 1840 at Higher Bockhampton in Dorset. His father was a stonemason. Hardy attended school in Dorchester and then trained as an architect. In 1868 his work took him to St Juliot's church in Cornwall where he met his wife-to-be, Emma. His first novel, The Poor Man and the Lady, was rejected by publishers but Desperate Remedies was published in 1871 and this was rapidly followed by Under the Greenwood Tree (1872), A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1874). He also wrote many other novels, poems and short stories.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles was published in 1891 and he published his final novel, Jude the Obscure, in 1895. Hardy was awarded the Order of Merit in 1910 and the gold medal of the Royal Society of Literature in 1912. Emma died in 1912 and Hardy married his second wife, Florence, in 1914. Thomas Hardy died on 11 January 1928.
|About the Series|
|About This Volume|
|Tess of the D'urbervilles: The Complete Text|
|Introduction: Biographical and Historical Context|
|The Complete Text [1920 Wessex Edition]|
|Tess of the D'urbervilles: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism|
|A Critical History of Tess of the d'Urbervilles|
|New Historicism and Tess of the d'Urbervilles|
|What Is New Historicism?|
|New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography|
|A New Historicist Perspective:|
|Tess of the d'Urbervilles: Hardy's Anthropology of the Novel|
|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|
|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|
|Reader-Response Criticism and Tess of the d'Urbervilles|
|What Is Reader-Response Criticism?|
|Reader-Response Criticism: A Selelcted Bibliography|
|A Reader-Response Perspective:|
|"Driven Well Home to the Reader's Heart": Tess's Implicated Audience|
|Cultural Criticism and Tess of the d'Urbervilles|
|What Is Cultural Criticism?|
|Cultual Criticism: A Selected Bibliography|
|A Cultual Perspective:|
|The Same and the Different: Standards and Standardization in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles|
|Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms|
|About the Contributors|
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Series: Wordsworth Classics
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 5th May 2000
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 12.6 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.242