Postgraduate Branch

Postgraduate Thomas Hardy (PGTH) Thomas Hardy Society

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+ About

The Thomas Hardy Society recognises the importance of postgraduate participation for the future of Hardy studies, the preservation of his work, and the author’s reputation.  Wider perspectives on Hardy’s life and work are very welcome and the Society has worked hard to encourage student participation in the international Hardy conference and festival. Postgraduate contributions are incorporated into the Call for Papers.

The Hardy conference and festival has witnessed an increasingly diverse wealth of ideas from students all over the world.  The postgraduate branch aims to bring together some of this richness and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas. 

PGTH is part of the THS. PGTH aims to facilitate contact between students on a global scale and to provide information about current events – conferences, symposia, walks, lectures - relating to Hardy, and to generate wider postgraduate interest and participation in the THS. Our Facebok page is our main point of contact. We also offer 'Jude's Corner' in the Society Journal, an annual study focussing upon a particular publication each April, and an annual Student Essay Competition for which the winner receives £250, free THS membership for a year, and publication of their essay in the Society journal.

+ Membership

Membership of postgraduate THS is open to students registered on a full or part-time postgraduate course in any subject (MA/MpHil/PhD). 

Membership is free to THS members and requires an online registration form.

If you already have an active online student membership with the society, you can opt-in to the PGTH through your profile page.

Non-THS members will be required to pay the student membership fee on registration (from £7.50).

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+ News

Members are welcome to contact Tracy Hayes, our Student Co-Ordinator with news of publications, conferences etc for inclusion in 'Jude's corner' in the THS Journal:

+ Research Resources

Thomas Hardy and the Jurassic Coast.  Available through the Society, and on Amazon (click on '2 New £5.00'' on the Amazon page, as Amazon itself is out of stock)

A 45pp publication bringing together two of Dorset's best attractions - the Jurassic Coast and Thomas Hardy. Written by Patrick Tolfree, Vice President of the Hardy Society, and Rebecca Welshman, , the guide consists of two parts: part one is an introduction to Hardy's affinity with the coast and his interests in geology and archaeology. Part two identifies 20 Hardy-Jurassic landmarks within 5 miles of the coast which feature in his work - these include houses, archaeological sites, geological features, towns and villages. Includes grid references and is useful as a walking guide. Beautifully illustrated throughout by Somerset artist, David Brackston.


Nineteenth Century Resources

An article in The Strand magazine (1891) containing four portraits of Hardy aged 21, 32, 40, and 50:


Hardy’s books

A Pair of Blue Eyes, with original illustrations:


On Hardy

The Victorian Web:

+ Contact

Tracy Hayes (THS Student Co-Ordinator)
​Andrew Hewitt (THS Student Representative)