George Eliot and the British Empire

George Eliot and the British Empire

The book also re-examines the assumptions of postcolonial criticism about Victorian fiction and its relation to empire.

Author: Nancy Henry

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139432696

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 182

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In this study Nancy Henry introduces a set of facts that place George Eliot's life and work within the contexts of mid-nineteenth-century British colonialism and imperialism. Henry examines Eliot's roles as an investor in colonial stocks, a parent to emigrant sons, and a reader of colonial literature. She highlights the importance of these contexts to our understanding of both Eliot's fiction and her situation within Victorian culture. Henry argues that Eliot's decision to represent the empire only as it infiltrated the imaginations and domestic lives of her characters illuminates the nature of her Realism. The book also re-examines the assumptions of postcolonial criticism about Victorian fiction and its relation to empire.
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Postcolonial George Eliot

Postcolonial George Eliot

To a degree, Henry's George Eliot and the British Empire, situating Eliot's emotional and financial investments in South Africa, acts as an extended preface for her biography. This biography makes a valuable contribution to Eliot ...

Author: Oliver Lovesey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137332127

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 310

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This book examines the range of the colonial imaginary in Eliot’s works, from the domestic and regional to ancient and speculative colonialisms. It challenges monolithic, hegemonic views of George Eliot — whose novelistic career paralleled the creation of British India — and also dismissals of the postcolonial as ahistorical. It uncovers often-overlooked colonized figures in the novels. It also investigates Victorian Islamophobia in light of Eliot’s impatience with ignorance, intolerance, and xenophobia as well as her interrogation of the make-believe of endings. Drawing on a range of sources from Eugène Bodichon’s Algerian anthropological texts, the Persian journals of John Martyn, and postmodern re-engagements, Postcolonial George Eliot has implications for an understanding of the globalization of English, the decolonization of disciplinarity and periodization, and the roots of present-day conflict in the wider Mediterranean world.
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George Eliot in Context

George Eliot in Context

Lesjak agrees with Said that 'even in its most stereotypical form', George Eliot's depiction of the Jewish ... exploring her intellectual and personal feelings of alienation from society.24 In George Eliot and the British Empire (2002), ...

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

George Eliot and Money

George Eliot and Money

See also Peel, Evolution of a Sociologist, and Thomas Dixon, The Invention of Altruism: Making Moral Meanings in Victorian Britain (London: British Academy, 2008). Fleishman, Intellectual Life, is the latest of Eliot's intellectual ...

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.
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Modernizing George Eliot

Modernizing George Eliot

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 For a defence of the view that Eliot's narrator should be seen as a ... See Nancy Henry, George Eliot and the British Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), pp.

Author: K.M. Newton

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781849664998

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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George Eliot's work has been subject to a wide range of critical questioning, most of which relates her substantially to a Victorian context and intellectual framework. This book examines the ways in which her work anticipates significant aspects of writing in the twentieth and indeed twenty first century in regard to both art and philosophy. This new book presents a series of linked essays exploring Eliot's credentials as a radical thinker. Opening with her relationship to the Romantic tradition, Newton goes on to discuss her reading of Darwinism, her radical critique of Victorian values and her affiliation with the modernists. The final essays discuss her work in relation to Derridean themes and to Bernard Williams' concept of moral luck. What emerges is a very different Eliot from the conservative figure portrayed in much critical literature.
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George Eliot

George Eliot

McCormack then proceeds to sift relevant biographical evidence as well as George Eliot's works for evidence of ... McCormack's analysis accordingly culminates in her account of the way in which the condition of England has become what ...

Author: Jan Jedrzejewski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134632565

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

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As a woman in an illegal marriage, publishing under a male pseudonym, George Eliot was one of the most successful yet controversial writers of the Victorian period. Today she is considered a key figure for women’s writing and her novels, including The Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch, are commonly ranked as literary classics. This guide to Eliot’s enduringly popular work offers: an accessible introduction to the contexts and many interpretations of Eliot’s texts, from publication to the present an introduction to key critical texts and perspectives on Eliot’s life and work, situated in a broader critical history cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism suggestions for further reading. Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of George Eliot and seeking not only a guide to her works but also a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds them.
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The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot

The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot

She has published several articles on George Eliot and is currently working on a book on George Eliot and the British Empire , and the Everyman edition of Gaskell's Ruth . GEORGE LEVINE , Kenneth Burke Professor of English , Rutgers ...

Author: George Levine

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052166473X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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This volume of essays is comprehensively, scholarly and lucidly written, and at the same time offers original insights into the work of one of the most important Victorian novelists, and into her complex and often scandalous career.
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George Eliot European Novelist

George Eliot  European Novelist

Helsinger, Elizabeth K., Rural Scenes and National Representation: Britain, 1815-1850 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997). Henry, Nancy, George Eliot and the British Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

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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A Companion to George Eliot

A Companion to George Eliot

George Eliot and the British Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002. Magruder, Julia. Child-Sketches from George Eliot. Boston: Lothrop, 1895. Main, Alexander. Wise, Witty, and Tender Sayings of George Eliot. Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1872.

Author: Amanda Anderson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119072478

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 546

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This collection offers students and scholars of Eliot’s work a timely critical reappraisal of her corpus, including her poetry and non-fiction, reflecting the latest developments in literary criticism. It features innovative analysis ­exploring the relation between Eliot’s Victorian intellectual sensibilities and those of our own era. A comprehensive collection of essays written by leading Eliot scholars Offers a contemporary reappraisals of Eliot’s work reflecting a broad range of current academic interests, including religion, science, ethics, politics, and aesthetics Reflects the very latest developments in literary scholarship Traces the revealing links between Eliot’s Victorian intellectual ­concerns and those of today
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George Eliot s English Travels

George Eliot s English Travels

Henry, Nancy (1997) “George Eliot, George Henry Lewes, and comparative anatomy,” in Rignall (ed.) (2000), op cit. —— (2002) George Eliot and the British Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Hertz, Neil (1985) “Recognizing ...

Author: Kathleen McCormack

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134238606

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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George Eliot’s more than fifty long and short journeys within England took her to dozens of sites scattered around the country. Revising the traditional notion that George Eliot drew her settings and characters only from the areas of her Warwickshire childhood, Kathleen McCormack demonstrates that English travel furnished the novelist with a wide variety of originals for the composite characters and settings she would so memorably create. McCormack traces the way in which George Eliot gathered material during her travels and also drafted long sections of the novels while away from her London home. She argues that by examining the choices George Eliot made in transforming, discarding or directly describing her English originals, we might take a significant step forward in the interpretation of her writings. Where other critics have tried to interpret characters as one-to-one renderings of living or dead models, for example, this study reveals more elaborate blendings of what George Eliot called the ‘widely sundered elements’ that made up her fiction. McCormack also reaches the fascinating conclusion that the novels were a form of coded communication between the author and people in her life, including other prominent Victorians such as Edward Burne-Jones, Robert Lytton and Barbara Bodichon. Presenting fresh biographical information and original insights into George Eliot’s writing strategies, George Eliot’s English Travels promises a decisive shift in our understanding of one of the most important figures in Victorian literature.
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