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George Eliot, Judaism and the Novels: Jewish Myth and Mysticism
     

George Eliot, Judaism and the Novels: Jewish Myth and Mysticism

by S. Nurbhai, K. Newton
 
This is the first study to argue that Jewish Mysticism influenced all Eliot's novels and not just her Jewish novel, Daniel Deronda , and leaves the reader with a very different George Eliot from that assumed by most previous criticism. Though previous studies have attempted to qualify the still-dominant view that George Eliot is firmly as part of the realistic

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This is the first study to argue that Jewish Mysticism influenced all Eliot's novels and not just her Jewish novel, Daniel Deronda , and leaves the reader with a very different George Eliot from that assumed by most previous criticism. Though previous studies have attempted to qualify the still-dominant view that George Eliot is firmly as part of the realistic tradition, this study goes further by demonstrating that a cohesive mythic structure with its basis in Jewish mysticism is identifiable in her fiction. Providing helpful background and factual information about the Golem and other aspects of Kabbalah, this work will appeal to anyone interested in the myth of the Golem, the re-writing of Victorian culture from a Judaic perspective, and George Eliot studies in general.

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'...the authors offer much that is provocative, and students and scholars of Eliot will find their book worth pondering.' - M.E. Burstein, Choice

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ISBN-13:
9780333963814
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
12/18/2001
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

Saleel Nurbhai is a Lecturer in English Literature at St Martin's College, Lancaster.

K.M. Newton is Professor of English at the University of Dundee.

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