Middlemarch in the Twenty-First Century

Middlemarch in the Twenty-First Century

by Karen Chase
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195169964

ISBN-13: 9780195169966

Pub. Date: 09/01/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Middlemarch is the prime example of George Eliot's dictum that "interpretations are illimitable," and in this collection of new essays Middlemarch is re-examined as an open text responsive to gaps and fissures, and as resistant to authority as it is to other fixed notions of identity, idealism, and gender. What does the novel omit, and how do the…  See more details below

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Middlemarch is the prime example of George Eliot's dictum that "interpretations are illimitable," and in this collection of new essays Middlemarch is re-examined as an open text responsive to gaps and fissures, and as resistant to authority as it is to other fixed notions of identity, idealism, and gender. What does the novel omit, and how do the omissions shape what is there? How shall we understand the materiality of the text? What problems does it pose to adaptation? The novel's plasticity becomes a basis for investigation into the multiple forms of expressiveness, and a consideration of how we might plot the patterns linguistically, ideologically, even cinematically. New spaces emerge within character, place, and narrative; what seemed absent or inaccessible assumes shape and definition; Middlemarch remains "Victorian" but it is a Victorianism understood through the dual perspectives of the 19th and 21st centuries. Scholars of George Eliot and students of Victorianism will be engaged by the wide-ranging scope of these essays, which nonetheless build on each other to form a coherent narrative of critical reflections. If there is something for everyone in Middlemarch, there is also something compelling about each of the essays in this collection.

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ISBN-13:
9780195169966
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction3
2What's not in Middlemarch15
3Space, movement, and sexual feeling in Middlemarch37
4The materiality of Middlemarch65
5Dorothea's lost dog87
6Negotiating Middlemarch107
7A conclusion in which almost nothing is concluded : Middlemarch's "finale"133
8Losing for profit157
9Narrative vision in Middlemarch : the novel compared with the BBC television adaptation177

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