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 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.
An essay by Holly Davis of the University of Otago examining Hardy's conception of Romanticism, especially in regards to Darwinism and industrialization. The analysis also highlights Shelley's influence on this novel.
A chapter from a thesis by Holly Davis of the University of Otago, exploring Hardy's relationship with Romanticism, his disillusion with the modern world, and how this influenced the narrative of this novel.