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From Author to Text: Re-Reading George Eliot's Romola

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Critics shift the emphasis of their analysis from the 19th-century British author to her novel, then approach it from a variety of perspectives. They explore the domestic politics of marriage, the relationship between narrative and epistemology, the materiality of the text, the novels' relation to contemporary narratives of martyrdom, the gendering of space, and other issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840142587
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Series: Nineteenth Century Series
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Editors' Note
Introduction 1
I Rethinking the Text
1 George Eliot v. Frederic Leighton: Whose Text Is It Anyway? 17
2 The Texts of Romola 37
II Rethinking the Heroine
3 Mapping Romola: Physical Space, Women's Place 53
4 'Telling the Whole': Trauma, Drifting and Reconciliation in Romola 67
5 From Romola to Romola: The Complex Act of Naming 89
III Rethinking Authority
6 George Eliot Martyrologist: The Case of Savonarola 105
7 Power and Persuasion: Voices of Influence in Romola 123
8 The Prophetic Fallacy: Realism, Foreshadowing and Narrative Knowledge in Romola 135
9 'An Imperceptible Start': The Sight of Humanity in Romola 165
10 Angels and Archangels: Romola and the Paintings of Florence 181
Figures 191
Notes on Contributors 205
Select Bibliography 207
Index 213
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