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Thomas Hardy Honors College Student Reading Fellowship

The Thomas Hardy Dean's Reading Fellowship requires an honors student to read, at a minimum, five Thomas Hardy novels as follows:

  1. The Mayor of Casterbridge
  2. Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  3. Return of the Native
  4. Far From the Madding Crowd
  5. Jude the Obscure

The Dean may assign additional shorter readings as is reasonable. Thomas Hardy is a major Victorian author and it would be a good experience to work one's way through some of his work.

An Honors College student who is selected to receive the Thomas Hardy Reading Fellowship wil receive $1,000. 

FY18 Recipients:  Richard Bedard

While it may change, the anticipated reading schedule is given below.

Reading Journal

The Student Fellow must maintain a reading journal. This journal should be in a convenient paper notebook solely dedicated to the reading of Thomas Hardy. Entries in the notebook should be dated. The Honors College can supply a notebook to the student.

1. The student should write down any questions that he or she might have during the reading process; in addition, the student should write down words, images, or phrases that they do not understand and then go back and look them up before moving forward with the reading. This helps tremendously with expanding a student's knowledge base, reading comprehension, and vocabulary.

2. The reading journal should be used as a tool for further exploration of topics that the student finds interesting and would perhaps like to explore in the future. Also, it should be used as a place to jot down the names of other authors or books that he or she might want to read in the future.

3. The reading journal should be used to write down connections that the reader sees in the text, between texts, and with his or her own life. This is important to show that texts actually speak to real life situations that effect us even today.

Public Presenation

The student fellow will be required to give a public presentation at the end of the process.


  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (13 hours)


  • Far From the Madding Crowd (16 hours)




  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles (14 hours)


  • Jude the Obscure (16 hours)




  • Return of the Native (15 hours)