Hardy’s Landscapes a talk by Dr Tony Fincham

View of Rainbarrow by Henry Joseph Moule

On Tincleton Heath – View of Rainbarrow by Henry Joseph Moule © DCM

Thomas Hardy was a landscape novelist, who painted enduring pictures of the natural world, which formed the stage upon which his characters acted out their tragic lives. Hardy’s landscapes are at once specific and general; based on real places, but purposefully distanced and disguised.

On Thursday 26th September 2013 at 7.30pm, Dr. Tony Fincham, Chairman of the Thomas Hardy Society, explores some aspects of the Hardyan landscape and the unique contribution that Thomas Hardy made to our ability to interpret the natural world.

This is the fourth in a series of five lectures about Thomas Hardy and is part of a larger project including the National Trust and the University of Exeter. It is hoped that the more academic nature of these lectures will provide the general public and lovers of Hardy’s novels with an increased connection to contemporary ideas about his work.

Entry to the talk is FREE but a donation of £3.00 is encouraged to cover costs. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book.  Doors open at 7.00pm.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

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Event: Thomas Hardy and John Stuart Mill by Demelza Hookway

John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill

This is the first in a series of five lectures about Thomas Hardy and is part of a larger project from a Hardy Country working group which includes Dorset County Museum, the National Trust and the University of Exeter.  Designed to promote knowledge and understanding of Hardy, the lectures will provide a physical experience of this ongoing project to revise the profile of Thomas Hardy both locally and nationally.  The addition of lectures by academics studying Hardy provides a link to contemporary ideas about him and his work and a link to a public who know Hardy only from his novels.

Demelza Hookway of the University of Exeter opens the series with a talk about Hardy and John Stuart Mill – a British philosopher and political economist and an influential contributor to social and political theory.  Hardy called John Stuart Mill “one of the profoundest thinkers” of the nineteenth century. This talk will show how he was both a critic and a champion of Mill’s ideas as he tested them out in his novels.

Demelza‘s talk on Thomas Hardy and John Stuart Mill takes place at Dorset County Museum on Thursday 25th April at 7.30pm.  Entry is free but a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs – everyone is welcome and there is no need to book. Doors open at 7pm.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Forthcoming Lectures at the Dorset County Museum:

  • Thurs 25th July: Dr Peter Robson, ‘Hardy and Dorset Folklore’
  • Thurs 29th August: Samantha Briggs, University of Exeter, ‘Hardy and Architecture’
  • Thurs 26th Sept: Dr Tony Fincham, Chairman of the Thomas Hardy Society, ‘Hardy’s Landscapes’
  • Thurs 24th Oct: Professor Tim Kendall, University of Exeter, ‘Hardy’s Poetry of the First World War’

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