The Transferred Life of George Eliot

The Transferred Life of George Eliot

Biography of George Eliot (1819-1880, born as Mary Anne Evans), British writer and poet.

Author: Philip Maurice Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199577378

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Biography of George Eliot (1819-1880, born as Mary Anne Evans), British writer and poet. 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.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Transferred Life of George Eliot

The Transferred Life of George Eliot

Bibliography. Anyone writing on George Eliot is indebted to a great number of scholars and critics from F. R. Leavis, Joan Bennett, Barbara Hardy, U. C. Knoepflmacher, William Myers, and David Carroll, to Rosemary Ashton, Gillian Beer, ...

Author: Philip Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192535474

Category: Literary Criticism

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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 Criticism

The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot

The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot

IO II I2. I3 I4 I5 NOTES Cited in Gordon Haight, George Eliot: A Biography (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1968), p. 549. Leonard Huxley (ed.), The Life and Letters of T. H. Huxley (London: Macmillan, 1900), Vol. II, p.

Author: George Levine

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108148054

Category: Literary Criticism

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This second edition of The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot includes several new chapters, providing an essential introduction to all aspects of Eliot's life and writing. Accessible essays by some of the most distinguished scholars of Victorian literature provide lucid and original insights into the work of one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century, author most famously of Middlemarch, Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, and Daniel Deronda. From an introduction that traces her originality as a realist novelist, the book moves on to extensive considerations of each of Eliot's novels, her life and her publishing history. Chapters address the problems of money, philosophy, religion, politics, gender and science, as they are developed in her novels. With its supplementary materials, including a chronology and an extensive section of suggested readings, this Companion is an invaluable tool for scholars and students alike.
Categories: Literary Criticism

George Eliot for the Twenty First Century

George Eliot for the Twenty First Century

Barbara Hardy, 35–6, and also Avrom Fleishman, George Eliot's Intellectual Life, 168. 15. ... Philip Davis, The Transferred Life of George Eliot: The Biography of a Novelist (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).

Author: K. M. Newton

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319919263

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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George Eliot for the Twenty-First Century reexamines Eliot two hundred years after her birth and offers an innovative critical reading that seeks to change perceptions of Eliot. Tracing Eliot’s literary reception from the nineteenth century to the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, K. M. Newton frames Eliot as an unorthodox radical and considers the philosophical, ethical, political, and artistic subtleties permeating her writings. Drawing from close readings of her novels, essays, and letters, Newton offers a new critical perspective on George Eliot and reveals her enduring relevance in the twenty-first century.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Fictional Minds and Interpersonal Relationships in George Eliot s The Mill on the Floss

Fictional Minds and Interpersonal Relationships in George Eliot   s The Mill on the Floss

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Armstrong, Isobel. “George Eliot, Spinoza, and the Emotions.” A Companion to George Eliot. ... Davis, Philip. The Transferred Life of George Eliot. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Print. Eliot, George. Adam Bede.

Author: Karam Nayebpour

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527517981

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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George Eliot (1819-1880) is known for her psychoanalysis of the majority of her characters in her literary works. In her second novel, The Mill on the Floss (1860), she focuses on the fictional minds’ subjective first thoughts and intentions. She shows how their unsympathetic workings cause private and collective tragedy by the end of narrative. The novel has frequently been acclaimed by critics and readers alike. However, this book presents a re-evaluation of the text with the help of terminologies borrowed from cognitive narratology in order to shed new light on the significance of one-track minds in this narrative. The book explores the mental functioning of the individual fictional minds, and examines how different modes of mental activities influence the interpersonal relationships between and among the characters. Accordingly, the study argues that the main cause of tragedy in The Mill on the Floss stems from at least two factors. First, the central fictional minds primarily function on the basis of their self-centered thoughts and emotions, over which they usually do not have control. Second, the tragedy is an effect of the social minds’ or public opinion’s unforgetting, unforgiving, and unsympathetic perspectives of any unconventional behavior.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Middlemarch

Middlemarch

Major primary material includes George Eliot's Life as Related in her Letters and Journals, ed. John Cross (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990 [1885]), and The George Eliot Letters, ed. Gordon S. Haight, 9 vols (New Haven: Yale ...

Author: George Eliot

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192547538

Category: Fiction

Page: 865

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'the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts' The greatest 'state of the nation' novel in English, Middlemarch addresses ordinary life at a moment of great social change, in the years leading to the Reform Act of 1832. Through her portrait of a Midlands town, George Eliot addresses gender relations and class, self-knowledge and self-delusion, community and individualism. Eliot follows the fortunes of the town's central characters as they find, lose, and rediscover ideals and vocations in the world. Through its psychologically rich portraits, the novel contains some of the great characters of literature, including the idealistic but naïve Dorothea Brooke, beautiful and egotistical Rosamund Vincy, the dry scholar Edward Casaubon, the wise and grounded Mary Garth, and the brilliant but proud Dr Lydgate. In its whole view of a society, the novel offers enduring insight into the pains and pleasures of life with others, and explores nearly every subject of concern to modern life:. art, religion, science, politics, self, society, and, above all, human relationships. This edition uses the definitive Clarendon text.
Categories: Fiction

FAIR SEED TIME

FAIR SEED TIME

The Transferred Life of George Eliot (Oxford 2017) Dolin, Tim. Authors in Context: George Eliot (Oxford 2005) Fulmer, Constance M. George Eliot's Moral Aesthetic: Compelling Contradictions (London 2018) Kindle edition Gallagher, ...

Author: David Paterson

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781838591465

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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Fair Seed-Time is a major re-interpretation of the historical background to the writings of George Eliot. It rejects several oft-repeated myths about the early 19th Century Midland world in which George Eliot grew up, emphasises the importance of a previously neglected character in that world, Francis Newdigate, and provides a detailed insight into the life of Eliot’s father, Robert Evans. It shows how he rose socially throughout his life and how he played a significant role in the professional development of early 19th Century Land Agents. It provides detailed and carefully-argued evidence to illustrate how his life and work profoundly influenced George Eliot’s novels, from which there are many quotations. The author has delved into previously unread historical diaries and many other original and previously little used sources to bring alive the rapidly changing economic and social world of the early nineteenth century in general and north Warwickshire in particular. The result will be of interest both to general and local historians of this period, those concerned with the evolution of land agency as a profession, and to all students of literature, and especially George Eliot scholars, because of the fresh insights into her work.
Categories: Literary Criticism

On Style in Victorian Fiction

On Style in Victorian Fiction

John Cross, Life of George Eliot: As Related in Her Letters and Journals, 3 vols. (Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1885), III, ... Philip Davis, The Transferred Life of George Eliot (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 135. 23.

Author: Daniel Tyler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108583497

Category: Literary Criticism

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Some writers of the Victorian period, as well as more recent critics, have argued that the prose style of Victorian fiction aims to efface itself or that an absence of style may in itself represent the nineteenth-century ideal. This collection provides a major assessment of style in Victorian fiction and demonstrates that style - the language, techniques and artistry of prose - is inseparable from meaning and that it is through the many resources of style that the full compass of meaning makes itself known. Leading scholars in the field present an engaging assessment of major Victorian novelists, illustrating how productive and illuminating close attention to literary style can be. Collectively, they build a fresh and nuanced understanding of how style functioned in the literature of the nineteenth century, and propose that the fiction of this era demands we think about what style does, as much as what style is.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Victorians and Their Animals

Victorians and Their Animals

The Transferred Life of George Eliot: The Biography of a Novelist. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Dorré, Gina M. Victorian Fiction and the Cult of the Horse. London: Routledge, 2006. Eliot, George. Adam Bede.

Author: Brenda Ayers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429768675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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This book, Victorians and Their Animals: Beast on a Leash, investigates the notion that British Victorians did see themselves as naturally dominant species over other humans and over animals. They conscientiously, hegemonically were determined to rule those beneath them and the animal within themselves albeit with varying degrees of success and failure. The articles in this collection apply posthuman and other theories, including queer, postcolonialism, deconstruction, and Marxism, in their exploration of Victorian attitudes toward animals. They study the biopolitical relationships between human and nonhuman animals in several key Victorian literary works. Some of this book’s chapters deal with animal ethics and moral aesthetics. Also being studied is the representation of animals in several Victorian novels as narrative devices to signify class status and gender dynamics, either to iterate socially acceptable mores or to satirize hypocrisy or breach of behavior or to voice social protest. All of the chapters analyse the interdependence of people and animals during the nineteenth century.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Spinoza s Ethics

Spinoza s Ethics

See, for example, Dorothy Atkins, George Eliot and Spinoza (Salzburg: Institut Für Englische Sprache und Literatur, Universität Salzburg, 1978), 8; Philip Davies, The Transferred Life of George Eliot (New York: Oxford ...

Author: Benedictus de Spinoza

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691197043

Category: Philosophy

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An authoritative edition of George Eliot's elegant translation of Spinoza's greatest philosophical work In 1856, Marian Evans completed her translation of Benedict de Spinoza's Ethics while living in Berlin with the philosopher and critic George Henry Lewes. This would have become the first edition of Spinoza's controversial masterpiece in English, but the translation remained unpublished because of a disagreement between Lewes and the publisher. Later that year, Evans turned to fiction writing, and by 1859 she had published her first novel under the pseudonym George Eliot. This splendid edition makes Eliot's translation of the Ethics available to today's readers while also tracing Eliot's deep engagement with Spinoza both before and after she wrote the novels that established her as one of English literature's greatest writers. Clare Carlisle's introduction places the Ethics in its seventeenth-century context and explains its key philosophical claims. She discusses George Eliot's intellectual formation, her interest in Spinoza, the circumstances of her translation of the Ethics, and the influence of Spinoza's ideas on her literary work. Carlisle shows how Eliot drew on Spinoza's radical insights on religion, ethics, and human emotions, and brings to light surprising affinities between Spinoza's austere philosophy and the rich fictional worlds of Eliot's novels. This authoritative edition demonstrates why George Eliot's translation remains one of the most compelling and philosophically astute renderings of Spinoza's Latin text. It includes notes that indicate Eliot's amendments to her manuscript and that discuss her translation decisions alongside more recent English editions.
Categories: Philosophy