978-1-55111-066-0 / 9781551110660

Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Broadview Literary Texts)


Publisher:Broadview Press



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Tess first appeared in a serializedand bowdlerizedform in The Graphic in 1891. 'A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented,' as Hardy subtitled the work, represented a direct challenge to conventional notions of sexuality and femininityand, though conventions have radically changed in the past century, the character of Tess has remained a challenging one. In her introduction Maier argues that we should not see Tess merely as a passive victim; she suggests that a combination of sexual vigour and moral rigour makes Tess not just one of the greatest but also one of the strongest women in the canon of English literature.

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