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Thomas Hardy's Heroines

Specialist Hardy tutor Joan Wiles has always been fascinated by Thomas Hardy’s evident passion for the ‘fair sex’. She writes: “Hardy’s female characters are invariably more interesting and sympathetic than the men in his novels. His portrayal of women is complex, sensual, and even at times ‘heroic’. There are countless celebrations in his works of feminine beauty, intuition and charm, culminating in his most lyrical creation, Tess. Equally, Hardy shows great skills at portraying women’s weakness and vulnerability, set against the backdrop of Victorian society.”

Through readings and discussions of Hardy’s major works, you will consider the development of Hardy’s heroines in the light of his tragic vision. A study of ‘The Return of the Native’ will for example provide insights into female psychology and the widespread use of witchcraft, whilst ‘Tess of the D’Ubervilles’ will lead to discussions about femininity and Victorian hypocrisy. There will also be an opportunity to discover how the women in Hardy’s life were an inspiration for many of the women in his books.

Joan has taught extensively in adult education, running courses in literature and creative writing throughout the South-West.

Led by: Joan Wiles

Please arrive by noon on Monday. Course ends with lunch on Friday

Specialist Hardy tutor Joan Wiles has always been fascinated by Thomas Hardy’s evident passion for the ‘fair sex’. She writes: “Hardy’s female characters are invariably more interesting and sympathetic than the men in his novels. His portrayal of women is complex, sensual, and even at times ‘heroic’. There are countless celebrations in his works of feminine beauty, intuition and charm, culminating in his most lyrical creation, Tess. Equally, Hardy shows great skills at portraying women’s weakness and vulnerability, set against the backdrop of Victorian society.”

Through readings and discussions of Hardy’s major works, you will consider the development of Hardy’s heroines in the light of his tragic vision. A study of ‘The Return of the Native’ will for example provide insights into female psychology and the widespread use of witchcraft, whilst ‘Tess of the D’Ubervilles’ will lead to discussions about femininity and Victorian hypocrisy. There will also be an opportunity to discover how the women in Hardy’s life were an inspiration for many of the women in his books.

Joan has taught extensively in adult education, running courses in literature and creative writing throughout the South-West.

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