A day of talks and seminars celebrating Hardy's best loved novel.
Saturday 10th April 2021
Starts 10:00 until 17:00
United Church (Rear Hall 49-51 Charles Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1EE

Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Annual THS Study Day 2021

Saturday 10 April, 10.00am at the Rear Hall of the United Church, Dorchester (registration from 9.15am)

2021 will mark the 130th anniversary of the publication of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, arguably the most widely loved of Hardy's novels, containing one of the most memorable heroines in all of English literature. While contemporary society was scandalized by the concept of a fallen woman being championed as pure, the novel was scathing in its exposure of hypocritical nineteenth-century sexual and social mores. Subjects depicted that remain in continual debate to the present day are the question of rape/seduction, who is the true villain of the story – Alec or Angel?, was Tess justified in murdering Alec?, and was it right that Tess received the death penalty for her crime? This is a story that has transcended time and place, still resonating with audiences around the globe.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Roger Ebbatson (University of Lancaster): 'The d'Urberville Portraits: Faciality and Identity'

Professor Oindrila Ghosh (Diamond Harbour Women's University): 'Hardy's Tess: Adaptations, Cultural Transpositions and Engendering Notions of Alternative Modernity'

Dr Tony Fincham (Thomas Hardy Society Chairman): 'Tess's Tracks: The Perambulations of a Pure Woman'

Canon Richard Franklin (Honorary Curator of the Thomas Hardy Archives): 'Evangelicalism in Tess of the d'Urbervilles'

And a performance by the New Hardy Players

A full programme for the day (including call for papers panels) will be available at the end of February.

Tickets: £30 or Student/Unwaged £15

(To include all refreshments and a buffet lunch)

*** This event will be held in strict compliance with Covid-19 regulations, including social distancing, sanitation measures, and track and trace procedures.

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