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George Eliot and the Conflict of Interpretations: A Reading of the Novels
     

George Eliot and the Conflict of Interpretations: A Reading of the Novels

by David Carroll
 

ISBN-10: 0521403669

ISBN-13: 9780521403665

Pub. Date: 06/11/1992

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Two versions of George Eliot, both influential, have emerged from the study of her life and work. One is the radical Victorian thinker, formidably learned in a whole range of intellectual disciplines; the other is the reclusive novelist, celebrating through her fiction the communal values which were being eroded in the modern world. This chronological study of the

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Two versions of George Eliot, both influential, have emerged from the study of her life and work. One is the radical Victorian thinker, formidably learned in a whole range of intellectual disciplines; the other is the reclusive novelist, celebrating through her fiction the communal values which were being eroded in the modern world. This chronological study of the novels brings the two together and places her within the crisis of belief and value acted out in the mid-nineteenth century. George Eliot saw this crisis as one of interpretation, in a vivid, almost apocalyptic awareness that traditional modes of interpreting the world were breaking down irrevocably. This study shows how, in response, she redefined the nature of Victorian fiction, testing to the point of destruction a variety of Victorian myths, orthodoxies and ideologies in each of her novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521403665
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/11/1992
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: a working hypothesis; 1. Scenes of Clerical Life: familiar types and symbols; 2. Adam Bede: pastoral Theodicies; 3. The Mill on the Floss: growing up in St Off's; 4. Silas Marner: rustic hermeneutics; 5. Romola: duplicity, doubleness, and sacred rebellion; 6. Felix Holt: commentaries on the Apocalypse; 7. Middlemarch: empiricist fables; 8. Daniel Deronda: coercive types; Conclusion; Notes; Index.

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