George Eliot And Italy

George Eliot And Italy

by Andrew Thompson, George Thompson
     
 

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 Elliot was able to draw selectively on a powerful Risorgimento mythology of national regeneration and that her engagement with the work of Dante Alighieri… See more details below

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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 Elliot 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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Taking a broadly chronological approach, this study reviews Eliot's contact with Dante and Italian literature in the context of a wider Italian culture during the 19th-century national revival, the . Demonstrates Eliot's deepening engagement with the work of Dante through close readings of several novels, and argues that the underpins the moral world of her novels and provides a sustaining metaphor for their central theme of moral growth through suffering. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780312176518
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/15/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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