Thomas Hardy: That Inspired his Work - Jude the Obscure

Ref: C2346978

'Jude the Obscure' is Thomas Hardy's last novel. Published in 1895, it marked a change in Hardy's life, after which he was more devoted to poetry and drama, and some short stories. There have been several adaptations of the book, for a film, and television, radio and even a musical. It has continued to be sold, with several different editions, since it was published. But how far are the events of Thomas Hardy's own life and experience reflected in the events and characters depicted in his book? How far is the book an accurate representation of what life was like in the towns and cities of Southern England at the end of the Victorian period? 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 Victorian and Edwardian life affected Hardy as a writer.

Course aim

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

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Understand how far the world in which Thomas Hardy lived affected his writing in the book 'Jude the Obscure'.

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 - Jude the Obscure

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