The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot

The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot

by Gertrude Himmelfarb

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It is one of the curiosities of English literary history that the most remarkable English novel about Jews should have been written by a non-Jew - a Victorian woman, moreover, who is generally regarded as the greatest English novelist of her time. The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot examines why a woman who was firmly labeled an unbeliever would take up the cause of Judaism and its promise of nationhood and statehood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594033872
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 05/11/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 315 KB

About the Author

Gertrude Himmelfarb, professor emeritus at the Graduate School of the City University, has written extensively on intellectual and cultural history with a focus on Victorian England. Her most recent books are The Moral Imagination: From Edmund Burke to Lionel Trilling and The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightenments. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2004 she received the National Humanities Medal awarded by the President.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

I "The Jewish Question" 13

II George Eliot's Initiation into the Jewish Question 49

III Daniel Deronda's Initiation and Revelation 75

IV Hep! Hep! Hep!: A Sequel to Daniel Deronda 105

V The Reception of Daniel Deronda 121

Epilogue 145

Notes 155

Index 173

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The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot (Large Print 16pt) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lmiller59 More than 1 year ago
Himmelfarb's work truly enlightens. As one of the best names in Victorian studies, she really brings George Eliot to life. Interesting read, with religious and cultural questions still pertinent today.