George Eliot and the British Empire

George Eliot and the British Empire

by Nancy Henry
     
 

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In this innovative study Nancy Henry introduces new facts that place George Eliot's life and work within the contexts of mid-nineteenth-century British colonialism and imperialism. She 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

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In this innovative study Nancy Henry introduces new facts that place George Eliot's life and work within the contexts of mid-nineteenth-century British colonialism and imperialism. She 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 Eliot's fiction and her position within Victorian culture. The book also reexamines the assumptions of postcolonial criticism about Victorian fiction and its relation to empire.

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"Henry's skillful interweaving of biographical, textural, and cultural criticism enables us to see George Eliot and her work in fresh, new ways." Canadian Woman Studies

"Henry fully delivers on her promise to present 'a new Eliot,' demonstrating the centrality of empire to Eliot's life an literary practice." Victorian Periodicals Review

"Refreshing and rewarding..." Victorians Institute Journal

"This is a timely and necessary book and its attack on post-colonial readings of Eliot is cogent and to me persuasive...this book is clearly a significant contribution to Eliot studies." George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies

"Drawing on various sources, including essays, reviews, letters, journals, and records of investments, she offers a new lens through which to view Eliot and her fiction. Especially significant is her challenge to Edward Said's postcolonial reading of Daniel Deronda, the basis of his characterization of Eliot as a proponent of an ideology of imperialism...Valuable for its fresh focus." Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521027915
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series, #34
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Henry is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the State University of New York, Binghamton. She is the editor of George Eliot's Impressions of Theophratus Such (1994), Elizabeth Gaskell's Sylvia's Lovers (1997), and Gaskell's Ruth. She is a contributor to both the Oxford Companion to George Eliot and The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot (2001). She has published widely on George Eliot, including essays in the Cambridge Companion to George Eliot and in Victorian Literature and Culture.

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