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Durham University

The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies

Sreemoyee Roy Chowdhury

Sreemoyee Roy Chowdhury is a PhD student in the Department of English Studies at Durham University. Her research focuses on Thomas Hardy. The focus of her study is to analyse critical responses to Hardy's works, ranging from the criticism directed at his works from his contemporaries in the nineteenth century right through to the twenty-first century reception of his novels, to review how critical responses to his works have evolved in keeping with the literary climate of the day. Thomas Hardy's novels have been well studied for decades now, as have his controversial female characterisations, but what she wishes to assess through her project is the way the emergence of the feminist movement and theory in the nineteenth century, and the subsequent momentum that they gathered, can be read and understood through a study of the changing critical discourses surrounding the problematic female characters of Hardy.