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George Eliot and Italy
     

George Eliot and Italy

by A. Thompson
 

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This study considers George Eliot's novels in relation to Dante and to nineteenth-century Italian culture during the Italian national revival and shows how these helped shape her fiction. Thompson argues that Eliot was able to draw selectively on a powerful Risorgimento mythology of national regeneration and that her engagement with the work of Dante Alighieri

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This study considers George Eliot's novels in relation to Dante and to nineteenth-century Italian culture during the Italian national revival and shows how these helped shape her fiction. Thompson argues that Eliot was able to draw selectively on a powerful Risorgimento mythology of national regeneration and that her engagement with the work of Dante Alighieri increases steadily in her later novels, where the Divine Comedy becomes a sustaining metaphor for Eliot's meliorist vision and for her theme of moral growth through suffering.

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'[A] distinctive contribution to the burgeoning literature on nineteenth-century British enthusiasm for all things Italian...sure to be eagerly devoured accordingly.' - Literature & History

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ISBN-13:
9780312176518
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
02/11/1998
Edition description:
1998
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

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