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Is Tess of the D'Urbervilles a Feminist Novel?

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Over the last several months I have been reading one of the most talked about pieces of feminist literature from the Victorian era. Admittedly, it has taken me a long time to finish this masterpiece but it was so worth the wait.


I spent the entirety of this novel with my heart throbbing in my chest as Hardy depicted the horrific lives of women in the 1800s with such honest brutality. I have been dying to write this blog post to explore my thoughts on this book which is so arguably relevant today, especially during this week's light on sexual harassment.



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Hi Elliejean,  

Welcome to BGO!  This is an interesting question: I'm an English teachet, so I'm always looking for ways to get young people to engage with classic texts. Would be interested to hear more of your thoughts as we are usibg this text this year. As meg says, we like the discussion to take place here - that's what we exist for! Please do join in other threads too. 

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