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Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)

Steph Atkinson | Wednesday August 19, 2009

Categories: Prose, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET03, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB3, OCR A Level English Literature, F661, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level


Tess of the d’Urbervilles in context

In an ideal world, we would study the whole text with all our students for AS and A2 English Literature. However, we realise that, given the pressures of A level study and teaching, this is not always possible. Therefore, it can be useful to teach using carefully selected extracts which are relevant to the module being studied. This can necessitate just as much preparation on the part of the teacher, who must read the whole text and locate suitable extracts. This guide aims to facilitate this process by exploring how extracts from one text – Tess of the d’Urbervilles – can be related to each of the relevant English Literature modules from the four examination boards. All page references are to the 2003 Penguin edition, edited by Tim Dolin and with an introduction by Margaret Higonnet; chapter references are also given for us with other editions.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles can be studied as part of the following A level modules:

AQA A (Option A – Victorian Literature)
LTA1ATess of the d’Urbervilles could form part of the Wider Reading in Victorian Literature for Question 1
LITA2Tess of the d’Urbervilles could be the text for Prose Coursework, and/or the comparative text for the Drama Coursework
LITA3Tess of the d’Urbervilles could be studied as wider reading for the examination theme of ‘Love through the Ages
LITA4Tess of the d’Urbervilles could be one of the three coursework texts which are linked by a theme (‘Love Through the Ages’ OR another chosen theme)

LITB3 (Aspects of NarrativeElements of the Pastoral Option) - Tess of the d’Urbervilles could be studied as one of the minimum of three texts to be studied from the chosen genre

Unit 3 (Interpretations of Prose and PoetryTheme: Relationships) - Tess of the d’Urbervilles is one the prescribed texts for this examination option

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