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Tess of the d’Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy

01/01/1891 (Aprox)


[...] works by [...] Thomas Hardy (Tess of the d’Urbervilles, 1891) incorporated discussions about the gendered brain (Malane 2005).


Vidal, Fernando and Ortega, Francisco. Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject (Forms of Living)....

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Its singularity lay less in the retention of a custom of walking in procession and dancing on each anniversary than in the members being solely women. In men's clubs such celebrations were, though expiring, less uncommon; but either the natural shyness of the softer sex, or a sarcastic attitude on the part of male relatives, had denuded such women's clubs as remained (if any other did) or this their glory and consummation.

- Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Chapter II

Izz spoke with a magnanimous abandonment of herself to the situation; she could not be—no woman with a heart bigger than a hazel-nut could be—antagonistic to Tess in her presence, the influence which she exercised over those of her own sex being of a warmth and strength quite unusual, curiously overpowering the less worthy feminine feelings of spite and rivalry.

- Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Chapter XLIV

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When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future. - Goodreads

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Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) was an English novelist and poet.

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Malane, Rachel Ann. 2005. Sex in Mind: The Gendered Brain in NineteenthCentury Literature and Mental...

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