Thomas Hardy: That Inspired his Work - The Trumpet Major

Ref: C2346976

'The Trumpet Major' is Thomas Hardy's only historical novel. Set in the first decades of the nineteenth century it tells of the love affair between Anne Garland and three separate suitors: John Loveday, a Trumpet Major in the British Army; Bob Loveday, a sailor and brother of John; and Festus Derriman, the nephew of a local squire. Published in 1880, the book has been sold in various editions and adapted for the stage. But how far are the events of the first half of the nineteenth century reflected in the events and characters depicted in his book? How much does Hardy include events and situations that are historically accurate? In this talk I will explore the events and characters of Hardy's novel and compare their experiences with the actual events of the times. Using evidence, we will see how true the depictions are and look at how far life in England during the Napoleonic Wars was like the life that Hardy's characters experience in the story.

Course aim

To investigate how far the world in which Thomas Hardy lived affected his writing, with special reference to 'The Trumpet Major'.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Identify how far the world in which Hardy lived, between 1840 and 1927, affected the way that Hardy wrote about the events and characters in 'The Trumpet Major'.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

As this is an online course, you will need access to a computer that has the capability to connect via Zoom. You will also need a camera and microphone that is compatible.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Thomas Hardy: That Inspired his Work - The Trumpet Major

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