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EN3516 Special Author: Hardy

Summer Reading List 15-16

Tutor: Dr Sophie Gilmartin

This course will look at the following novels, poems and short stories: 

  • A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873)
  • Far From the Madding Crowd (1874)
  • The Return of the Native (1878)
  • 'The Withered Arm', from Wessex Tales (1888)
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)
  • 'The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion' and 'Fellow-Townsmen' from Wessex Tales
  • The Woodlanders (1887)
  • 'The Son's Veto', and 'The Fiddler of the Reels', from Life's Little Ironies (1894)
  • Tess of the D'Ubervilles (1891)
  • 'An Imaginative Woman', and 'On the Western Circuit', from Life's Little Ironies
  • Jude the Obscure (1895)
  • 'Barbara of the House of Grebe' and 'The Marchioness of Stonehenge', from A Group of Noble Dames (1891)
  • 'Enter a Dragoon', from A Changed Man (1913)
  • The Well-Beloved (1891/97)
Poems on the course most likely will include:

  • 'Neutral Tones'
  • 'To My Father's Violin'
  • 'Voices from Things Growing in a Churchyard'
  • 'In Front of the Landscape'
  • 'Poems of 1912-1913'

However, Hardy wrote several books of poetry, and to prepare for the course over the summer, I want you to read around in the poems so that coming to class you have a good understanding of some of Hardy's poetic preoccupations, and what engages you personally. Most of the short stories mentioned are commonly available in collection of Hardy's stories in print, and are readily available online. Hardy's four volumes of short stories, for your information, are Wessex Tales, A Group of Noble Dames, Life's Little Ironies and A Changed Man.


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