George Eliot's Pulse

George Eliot's Pulse

by Neil Hertz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804743908

ISBN-13: 9780804743907

Pub. Date: 03/17/2003

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Ranging over all George Eliot's fiction and drawing as well on her letters, essays, and translations, in this book the distinguished critic Neil Hertz documents Eliot's lifelong questioning of the nature of authorship and of what it might mean, in the language of one of her early letters, for her "not simply to be, but to utter."

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Ranging over all George Eliot's fiction and drawing as well on her letters, essays, and translations, in this book the distinguished critic Neil Hertz documents Eliot's lifelong questioning of the nature of authorship and of what it might mean, in the language of one of her early letters, for her "not simply to be, but to utter."

Pursuing oddities of diction and figuration, of plotting and characterization, Hertz finds everywhere in Eliot's works passages of high mimetic realism that ask to be read as allegories of writing or as characters whose actions and destinies can only be understood if they are seen as disguised surrogates of their author. Each essay begins with an intriguing or problematic bit of language, then moves about within a particular work of fiction or criss-cross to other writings of Eliot's as well as to works by philosophers, psychoanalysts, and literary theorists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804743907
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/17/2003
Series:
Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1Introduction: George Eliot's Pulse1
2Recognizing Casaubon20
3Behind "The Lifted Veil": Rousseau42
4Mr. Tulliver's Life-in-Debt63
5Some Words: Repeating, Remnant, Remainder-man81
6"Poor Hetty"96
7Double-Darkness: Daniel Deronda's Mother112
8More Words: Nullify, Neutral, Numb, Number122
9Afterword: Killing Tito138
Notes153
Index163

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