Day School: Thomas Hardy: The Man, His Works and His Wessex

Ref: C2228849

You do not need to have read any of the author's work, or viewed/listened to any media adaptations in order to participate in the course. The course looks at the background, life and work of an author who gained a place among the 19th century literary 'greats' and is still immensely popular today. Many of his books have been adapted for film, TV and radio productions. An adept observer and unafraid to tackle subjects such as illegitimacy and adultery - subjects other Victorian authors found difficult to address - Hardy captured a world in the throes of rapid change, a world for which town dwellers were already nostalgic. His characters have great depth and he looks deeply at the human psyche. Many of his characters and the events in his novels were drawn from real life and reflected his own background, his own family stories and of course the part of England that he loved so much - known to us today as 'Hardy's Wessex'.

Course aim

The course is for anyone interested in exploring the background, the life and work of well-loved writer Thomas Hardy. We aim to understand his character, his influences and to gain much greater insight into the 19th century rural life he documented.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • You do not need to have read any of Thomas Hardy's works to participate in this course.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Summarise the childhood and education of Thomas Hardy.
  • Recall two of the changes in rural life towards the end of the 19th century.
  • Identify two of the possible influences that Hardy used in 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'.
  • Recall how criticism of his book 'Jude the Obscure' affected Hardy.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No equipment is required, although course members may wish to take their own notes. Handouts will be provided by the tutor, to reinforce points covered during the session. You do not need to have read any of Thomas Hardy's works or seen any media adaptations to participate in this course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Day School: Thomas Hardy: The Man, His Works and His Wessex

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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