George Eliot An Intellectual Life

George Eliot  An Intellectual Life

To note George Eliot's deviation from social norms is one thing: to see such deviation as producing in her a sense of conflict is another.” For much of her life, she was blessed with friends, and in Lewes with a lover, who fostered and ...

Author: V. Dodd

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230372863

Category: Fiction

Page: 381

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There have been several biographies of George Eliot but this is the first study to focus on her intellectual development. The book provides an analysis of the biographical and intellectual factors which encouraged George Eliot to decide upon fiction as her chosen mode of expression, and demonstrates how that decision was influenced by, and an echoing of, J.S.Mill's and Carlyle's critiques of philosophy.
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George Eliot s Intellectual Life

George Eliot s Intellectual Life

“More Leaves from George Eliot's Notebook.” Huntington Library Quarterly 29 (1966), 353–76. Collins, K.K. “Questions of Method: Some Unpublished Late Essays.” Nineteenth- Century Fiction 35 (1980), 385–405. George Eliot: A Writer's ...

Author: Avrom Fleishman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139481878

Category: Literary Criticism

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It is well known that George Eliot's intelligence and her wide knowledge of literature, history, philosophy and religion shaped her fiction, but until now no study has followed the development of her thinking through her whole career. This intellectual biography traces the course of that development from her initial Christian culture, through her loss of faith and working out of a humanistic and cautiously progressive world view, to the thought-provoking achievements of her novels. It focuses on her responses to her reading in her essays, reviews and letters as well as in the historical pictures of Romola, the political implications of Felix Holt, the comprehensive view of English society in Middlemarch, and the visionary account of personal inspiration in Daniel Deronda. This portrait of a major Victorian intellectual is an important addition to our understanding of Eliot's mind and works, as well as of her place in nineteenth-century British culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

George Eliot

George Eliot

Author: Valerie A. Dodd

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ISBN: LCCN:90152950

Category: Great Britain

Page: 381

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Categories: Great Britain

George Eliot and Money

George Eliot and Money

Gordon S. Haight, George Eliot:A Biography (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968); Rosemary Ashton, George Eliot: A Life (London: ... Gillian Beer, George Eliot (Brighton: Harvester Press, 1986); Deirdre David, Intellectual Women and Victorian ...

Author: Dermot Coleman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107057210

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Examines George Eliot's understanding of money and economics within the context of the ethics of economics in nineteenth-century England.
Categories: Literary Criticism

George Eliot in Context

George Eliot in Context

The companion George Eliot: A Life (1996) was a landmark, respectful of Haight's work, but going beyond it to set out the dense intellectual, social and literary contexts of which George Eliot was part. These contexts were further ...

Author: Margaret Harris

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521764087

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 334

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Prodigiously learned, alive to the massive social changes of her time, defiant of many Victorian orthodoxies, George Eliot has always challenged her readers. She is at once chronicler and analyst, novelist of nostalgia and monumental thinker. In her great novel Middlemarch she writes of 'that tempting range of relevancies called the universe'. This volume identifies a range of 'relevancies' that inform both her fictional and her non-fictional writings. The range and scale of her achievement are brought into focus by cogent essays on the many contexts - historical, intellectual, political, social, cultural - to her work. In addition there are discussions of her critical history and legacy, as well as of the material conditions of production and distribution of her novels and her journalism. The volume enables fuller understanding and appreciation, from a twenty-first-century standpoint, of the life and work of one of the nineteenth century's major writers.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Transferred Life of George Eliot

The Transferred Life of George Eliot

54–5 (September 2008), especially for the years 1861–2, and also his George Eliot's Intellectual Life (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 112–14. Mrs Humphry Ward, A Writer's Recollections, 2 vols (London: Collins, 1918), ...

Author: Philip Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192535481

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 432

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Reading George Eliot's work was described by one Victorian critic as like the feeling of entering the confessional in which the novelist sees and hears all the secrets of human psychology—'that roar which lies on the other side of silence'. This new biography of George Eliot goes beyond the much-told story of her life. It gives an account of what it means to become a novelist, and to think like a novelist: in particular a realist novelist for whom art exists not for art's sake but in the exploration and service of human life. It shows the formation and the workings of George Eliot's mind as it plays into her creation of some of the greatest novels of the Victorian era. When at the age of 37 Marian Evans became George Eliot, this change followed long mental preparation and personal suffering. During this time she related her power of intelligence to her capacity for feeling: discovering that her thinking and her art had to combine both. That was the great ambition of her novels—not to be mere pastimes or fictions but experiments in life and helps in living, through the deepest account of human complexity available. Philip Davis's illuminating new biography will enable you both to see through George Eliot's eyes and to feel what it is like to be seen by her, in the imaginative involvement of her readers with her characters.
Categories: Literary Collections

Wit and Wisdom of George Eliot

Wit and Wisdom of George Eliot

George Eliot. ROBERTS BROTHERS PUBLICATIONS . THE INTELLECTUAL LIFE . BY PHILIP GILBERT HAMERTON , AUTHOR OF “ A Painter's Camp , " “ Thoughts About Art , ” « The Unknown River , ” “ Chapters on Animals . ” Square 12mo , cloth , gilt .

Author: George Eliot

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ISBN: HARVARD:HN37CN

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The Ethical Vision of George Eliot

The Ethical Vision of George Eliot

“Re-reading George Eliot's 'Natural History': Marian Evans, 'the People,' and the Periodical.” Victorian Periodicals Review 42 (2009): 244–66. Dodd, Valerie. George Eliot: An Intellectual Life. New York: St. Martin's P, 1990.

Author: Thomas Albrecht

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000029260

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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The Ethical Vision of George Eliot is one of the first monographs devoted entirely to the ethical thought of George Eliot, a profoundly significant, influential figure not only in nineteenth-century English and European literature, nineteenth-century women’s writing, the history of the novel, and Victorian intellectual culture, but also in the field of literary ethics. Ethics are a predominant theme in Eliot’s fictional and non-fictional writings. Her ethical insights and ideas are a defining element of her greatness as an artist and novelist. Through meticulous close readings of Eliot’s fiction, essays, and letters, The Ethical Vision of George Eliot presents an original, complex definition of her ethical vision as she developed it over the course of her career. It examines major novels like Adam Bede, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda; many of Eliot’s most significant essays; and devotes two entire chapters to Eliot’s final book Impressions of Theophrastus Such, an idiosyncratic collection of character sketches that Eliot scholars have heretofore generally overlooked or ignored. The Ethical Vision of George Eliot demonstrates that Eliot defined her ethical vision alternately in terms of revealing and strengthening a fundamental human communion that links us to other persons, however different and remote from ourselves; and in terms of recognizing and respecting the otherness of other persons, and of the universe more generally, from ourselves. Over the course of her career, Eliot increasingly transitions from the former towards the latter imperative, but she also considerably complicates her conception of otherness, and of what it means to be ethically responsible to it.
Categories: Literary Criticism

George Eliot European Novelist

George Eliot  European Novelist

Avrom Fleishman, George Eliot's Intellectual Life (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 250, 217. 5 Rosemary Ashton, The German Idea: Four English Writers and the Reception of German Thought, 1800-1860 (Cambridge: Cambridge ...

Author: Dr John Rignall

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409478836

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

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Reading George Eliot as a European novelist among other European novelists, John Rignall explores her use of European travel, scenes and locations in her fiction and also places her novels in conversation with the work of other major European writers. Throughout the book, Rignall shows Eliot's engagement with the cultures of France and Germany, suggestively making the case that Eliot's novels belong to the tradition of the European novel that descends from Cervantes. Rignall develops the fundamental theme of Eliot's position as a European novelist in chapters that explore the significance of Eliot's first visit to Germany with G. H. Lewes, Eliot's ideas on the cultural differences between French and German writing, the incidental part travel plays in novels such as Daniel Deronda and Middlemarch, the role of European landscapes in her fiction, the dialogical relationship between Eliot and Balzac, comparisons between Middlemarch and Flaubert's Madame Bovary, and connections between the novels of Eliot, Gottfried Keller and Theodor Fontane. Daniel Deronda is examined both within the wider context of European Jewish life and as part of a tradition of French novels that harkens back to Balzac and anticipates Proust. Rignall's final chapter takes up Nietzsche's notorious criticism of Eliot in Twilight of the Idols, showing that Eliot, with her sceptical intelligence, insight into the essentially metaphorical nature of language, and grasp of modernity, has something in common with this philosophical iconoclast.
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Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers

Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers

Avrom Fleishman's George Eliot's Intellectual Life stands as a notable counter-example, defining Eliot's accomplishment apart from her relationships by observing that “most of her ideas were stimulated by books and review articles in ...

Author: Brenda Ayres

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319567501

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 291

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This book is an investigation of the biases, contradictions, errors, ambiguities, gaps, and historical contexts in biographies of controversial British women who published during the long nineteenth century, many of them left unchecked and perpetuated from publication to publication. Fourteen scholars analyze the agenda, problems, and strengths of biographical material, highlighting the flaws, deficiencies, and influences that have distorted the portraits of women such as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Hays, Sydney Owenson, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Felicia Hemans, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Caroline Norton, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, Lady Florence Dixie, George Eliot, and Edith Simcox. Through exposing distortions, this fascinating study demonstrates that biographies are often more about the biographer than they are about the biographee and that they are products of the time in which they are written.
Categories: Literary Criticism