THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Tess of the d'Urbervilles
By Thomas Hardy

An essay by Deborah Hooker, an Associate Professor at NC State University, which focuses on the racing figures depicted on the protagonists' conjugal bed in order to examine how Hardy employs the motif of race to portray Tess's tragedy.
An essay by Shirley A. Martin of the University of Chicago which utilizes psychoanalysis to investigate how the subject of heredity is psychologically motivated in Hardy's novel.
An academic article by Ralph Harrington discussing the roles of paganism, fate and redemption in Hardy's novel, as well as the author's use of the prehistoric monument Stonehenge as a backdrop to the narrative's themes.
In this essay Andrew Radford explores how Hardy deftly interweaves the Greek myth of the goddesses Persephone and Demeter into the narrative of his novel.
An essay by Scott Rode, an Assistant Professor at Texas A & M University, exploring this novel's depiction of sexuality identity and its relationship to nineteenth-century innovations in technology.
An essay by Ian Mackean discussing the issue of morality in Tess of the d'Urbervilles, featuring analysis of a number of excerpts.