Eustacia Vye in The Return of the Native is one of Thomas Hardy’s most memorable female characters. Though majority of Hardy’s critics place her at par with Bathsheba Everdene and Elfride Swancourte, some do not hesitate to compare her with the monumental Tess and the unparalleled Sue Bridehead. Notwithstanding any controversy about her generic status among Hardy’s characters, Eustacia’s queer nature offers a fascinating case for aesthetic cum psychoanalytical exposition. As an impulsive being with unparalleled emotional sensibilities, she derives a great part of her personality from her setting and environment — the romantically gothic Egdon Heath. Though set in a Victorian frame, she anticipates the emotionally assertive woman of modern era. This paper aims at exploring her unique psychological constituents, as the seeds and roots of her spiritual convictions and emotional adventures, projecting her as anticipating the modernistic woman both in life and literature
Shazia Ghulam Mohammad, Abdus Salam Khalis. (2013) Traits of Modernist Feminism in Eustacia Vye's Quest for Self, The Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, Volume-21, Issue-1.