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Thomas Hardy and the Victorian Modern

Level 6 (15 credits)

Students will read a selection of four of Thomas Hardy's novels and a selection of his poetry in conjunction with selected contemporary scientific, social and aesthetic writings (Darwin, Arnold, Ruskin, J S Mill, Pater, The Life of Thomas Hardy by Florence Emily Hardy) and will consider relationships between them. We will consider issues of self-representation in Hardy's writings and will study techniques of prosody and of representation in fiction which have led Hardy to be describes as both Victorianand early modernist. This is a level six module which will draw on previous experience of writings of the period, and of earlier and later writers, in engagement with the concerns, tropes and techniques of Hardy's writings.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

Learning Context Long Seminar
Semester 1

1. Close Reading Exercise (1000 words)
2. Final Essay (3000 words)

Mode of reassessment Standard
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