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History & The Arts 

Exploring Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd

This free course, Exploring Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, is designed to tell you something about Hardy's background, and to introduce you to the pleasures of reading a nineteenth-century novel. Why do we believe in fictional characters and care about what happens to them? You will discover some of the techniques that Hardy uses to achieve an illusion of real people and their relationships in a real world. Through analysing narrative you will think about who the narrator is, and the importance of the narrative point of view in telling the story, as well as understanding how characterisation, the use of dialogue, time and locations work within the novel. Watch the following video in which Sue Asbee, the course author, introduces the course.

Free course
6 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

Nature's alarm clock

From Thomas Hardy's idyllic cottage at Higher Bockhampton, the Saving Species team listen to birdsong and discuss how nature and the dawn chorus have changed since Hardy's time.

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15 mins
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Thomas Hardy, the wired world and the business of love

A Google search identifies nearly 8.6 million references on the net to ‘online dating’. The internet is a medium which provides mystery and distance - a fertile medium in which love can flourish.

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History & The Arts 

Popular History: Heritage and academic study

Dr Peter Claus compares Thomas Hardy's treatment of a wife sale in "The Mayor of Casterbridge" with research into wife sales undertaken by historian E.P. Thompson.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

A reader's guide to Far From The Madding Crowd

The novel that started a long assocation with Wessex for Thomas Hardy has tragedy, heroism - and some swordplay...

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