Rereading George Eliot: Changing Responses to Her Experiments in Life (Suny Series in Psychoanalysis and Culture)

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A noted Eliot scholar explores how we become different interpreters of literature as we undergo psychological change.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791458341
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: SUNY Series in Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard J. Paris is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Florida and the author of a number of books, including Experiments in Life: George Eliot’s Quest for Values and Imagined Human Beings: A Psychological Approach to Character and Conflict in Literature.

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Table of Contents


1. No Longer the Same Interpreter

Reading George Eliot Then and Now
A Psychological Perspective
Rhetoric Versus Mimesis
Critical Controversies

2. "An Angel Beguiled": Dorothea Brooke

Calvin Bedient on Middlemarch
Rhetorical Treatment of Dorothea
Dorothea as a Mimetic Character
Dorothea's "Education": Casaubon
Dorothea and Will
Saving Rosamond
Dorothea's Sad Sacrifice

3. The Two Selves of Tertius Lydgate

Lydgate as Foil to Dorothea
Prelude to Lydgate
Lydgate's Two Selves
Lydgate's Demoralization
Lydgate and Rosamond
Lydgate's Sad Sacrifice

4. "A Dreadful Plain Girl": Mary Garth

A Foil to the Egoists
Mary's Hard Life
Mary and Fred
Fred Vincy
That Happy Ending

5. "This Problematic Sylph": Gwendolen Harleth

Great Achievements and Great Problems
A Confusing Picture of Gwendolen
More Versions of Gwendolen
Gwendolen's Sorrows
Enter Grandcourt

6. "The Crushed Penitent": Gwendolen's Transformation

Gwendolen's Terror and Guilt
Captain Davilow and Mrs. Glasher
Postmarital Miseries

7. Gwendolen and Daniel: A Therapeutic Relationship?

Critical Disagreements
Is Deronda's Influence Transformative?
Gwendolen and Grandcourt's Death
Deronda Not Gwendolen's Therapist
Gwendolen's New Existence

8. Deronda the Deliverer

An Imagined Human Being
Daniel's Peculiar Position
Search for a Vocation
Deronda's Ambivalence
The Failed Relationship with Gwendolen




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