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George Eliot’s Lot

David Kurnick

in Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151519
eISBN:
9781400840090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151519.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on George Eliot's tangled engagement with the drama. It begins with an analysis of the mutual constitution of theatricalized space and characterological interiority in Romola ... More


Melodies for the Forgetful: Eliot, Wagner, and Duration (Elongated Form)

Nicholas Dames

in The Physiology of the Novel: Reading, Neural Science, and the Form of Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199208968
eISBN:
9780191695759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208968.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores the problem of elongated artistic forms — forms whose length makes continuous, heightened attention impossible and acts of recollection difficult — by triangulating Richard ... More


A Peculiar Compassion: George Eliot and Gwendolen Harleth

Michiel Heyns

in Expulsion and the Nineteenth-Century Novel: The Scapegoat in English Realist Fiction

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182702
eISBN:
9780191673870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182702.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter considers George Eliot's last novel and last heroine as a manifestation of duality. In Daniel Deronda, Gwendolen Harleth is a participant in a conflict of which she is ultimately the ... More


Daniel Deronda: A New Epistemology

George Levine

in Dying to Know: Scientific Epistemology and Narrative in Victorian England

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226475363
eISBN:
9780226475387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226475387.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter deals with George Eliot's Daniel Deronda. Unlike Our Mutual Friend, Daniel Deronda is explicitly about questions of knowledge. Daniel Deronda's structure indicates that her ... More


The Large Novel and the Law of Large Numbers: Daniel Deronda and the Counterintuitive

Jesse Rosenthal

in Good Form: The Ethical Experience of the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196640
eISBN:
9781400883738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196640.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter assesses the counterintuitive: the ending that “feels wrong,” or that does not work out as it seems it should. Certainly, this could mean many things, from a poorly constructed novel to ... More


Who's the Stranger? Jews, Women, and Bastards in Daniel Deronda

Hilary M. Schor

in Law and the Stranger

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804771542
eISBN:
9780804775151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804771542.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter examines George Eliot's 1876 novel Daniel Deronda and the strangers in it—Jews, women, bastards, disenfranchised aliens in England—who are not only outside the law's full dispensation of ... More


“Tadpole Pleasures”: Daniel Deronda as Music Historiography

Ruth A. Solie

in Music in Other Words: Victorian Conversations

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520238459
eISBN:
9780520930063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238459.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

A study of the use of music by George Eliot focuses on the diagnostic role as an index of the sensibility and authenticity of a character, or on her deft application of its social functions to sketch ... More


Music in Other Words: Victorian Conversations

Ruth Solie

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520238459
eISBN:
9780520930063
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238459.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Just as the preoccupations of any given cultural moment make their way into the language of music, the experience of music makes its way into other arenas of life. To unearth these overlapping ... More


George Eliot and the Sweep of the Senses

Anna Henchman

in The Starry Sky Within: Astronomy and the Reach of the Mind in Victorian Literature

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199686964
eISBN:
9780191770449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686964.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter focuses on Daniel Deronda, in which George Eliot invokes the starry universe, stars, planets, and horizons to think about the outer range of human experience: the parts of the universe ... More


Altruism's Conquest of Modern Generalisation in George Eliot

Frank Christianson

in Philanthropy in British and American Fiction: Dickens, Hawthorne, Eliot and Howells

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625086
eISBN:
9780748652068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625086.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that George Eliot's preoccupation with philanthropy in her most aesthetically self-conscious works helps us to better understand the emergence of altruism as a social ethic which ... More


Omniscience: Unknowing George Eliot

Elisha Cohn

in Still Life: Suspended Development in the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190250041
eISBN:
9780190250065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250041.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Examining George Eliot’s work in relation to theories of unconscious psychology in the work of G. H. Lewes and W. B. Carpenter, this chapter argues that Eliot does not fully transpose the logic of a ... More


History’s Second-Hand Bookshop: Daniel Deronda The Spanish Gypsy

Sebastian Lecourt

in Cultivating Belief: Victorian Anthropology, Liberal Aesthetics, and the Secular Imagination

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198812494
eISBN:
9780191850332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812494.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter argues that George Eliot too conflated religion with race as a resource for secular individualism, but also that she thought more deeply about what consequences this move held for a ... More


North’s gardens: redemption and the return to origins

Jeff Rosen

in Julia Margaret Cameron's 'fancy subjects': Photographic allegories of Victorian identity and empire

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781784993177
eISBN:
9781526109811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784993177.003.0008
Subject:
Art, Art History

In 1874, Cameron left England for Ceylon, and two years later, when the painter Marianne North visited her, both women produced works of art in each other’s presence that expressed cultural ... More


George Eliot and the Curious Bride: Ghosts in the Daylight

Hilary M. Schor

in Curious Subjects: Women and the Trials of Realism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199928095
eISBN:
9780199980550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928095.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Women's Literature

In England in the 1870s, in the midst of feminist agitations for the vote and debates over property laws for women, George Eliot invokes John Stuart Mill’s political vision to reinflect the curious ... More


George Eliot’s Secular Scriptures

Norman Vance

in Bible and Novel: Narrative Authority and the Death of God

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199680573
eISBN:
9780191761317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680573.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, History of Christianity

George Eliot’s ‘Religion of Humanity’ is explored in a discussion of suffering and personal pilgrimage in her novels, particularly Adam Bede. A previously unremarked similarity between Adam Bede and ... More


Eliot’s Whispering Stones

Adelene Buckland

in Novel Science: Fiction and the Invention of Nineteenth-Century Geology

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226079684
eISBN:
9780226923635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226923635.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

George Eliot's novels were criticised for her models of geological change. Her early works, Scenes of Clerical Life (1857) and Adam Bede (1859) carried in them the narrative method of a “natural ... More


The Telegraphic Principle in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

David Trotter

in The Literature of Connection: Signal, Medium, Interface, 1850-1950

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198850472
eISBN:
9780191885587
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198850472.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter concerns the attitudes, practices, and figures of speech that during the course of the nineteenth century prepared the way for the eventual separation of the idea of the signal from that ... More


The Slut Assumption in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Wendy Doniger

in The Ring of Truth: And Other Myths of Sex and Jewelry

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780190267117
eISBN:
9780190621759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190267117.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

The assumption that if a woman has a new piece of jewelry she got it by sleeping with some man (her husband or another man) shadows the plots of several nineteenth-century novels and ... More


Race and Class

Michael Ruse

in Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us about Evolution

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190241025
eISBN:
9780190241056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241025.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Christianity has much to say about race and class. So likewise does Darwinism. For both, a significant feature of their treatments is that they undermine conventional thinking, leaving us pondering ... More


What Things Cost in Middlemarch

Henry Staten

in Spirit Becomes Matter: The Brontes, George Eliot, Nietzsche

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780748694587
eISBN:
9781474400916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694587.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The demonstration in Ch. 2 of the opening of Dorothea’s interiority to the social outside is incomplete because the social outside is only treated there at the level of interpersonal relations; thus ... More


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