Week 10 Questions
Questions for the week 10 seminar on Tess of the D'Urbervilles:
Merryn Williams asserts that "Tess Durbeyfield, over and above her qualities as a person, is portrayed as a representative of her class and her sex". Consider the extent to which you agree with this statement, and the intersection of class and gender in the portrayal of Tess.
What different models of masculinity does the novel present?
The rural landscape is central to the novel; think about how locality is represented, and the implications of moving beyond this locale.