A Companion to George Eliot (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to George Eliot (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

By: Harry E. Shaw (editor), Amanda Anderson (editor)Hardback

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This collection offers students and scholars of Eliot s work a timely critical reappraisal of her corpus, including her poetry and non-fiction, reflecting the latest developments in literary criticism. It features innovative analysis -exploring the relation between Eliot s Victorian intellectual sensibilities and those of our own era. A comprehensive collection of essays written by leading Eliot scholars Offers a contemporary reappraisals of Eliot s work reflecting a broad range of current academic interests, including religion, science, ethics, politics, and aesthetics Reflects the very latest developments in literary scholarship Traces the revealing links between Eliot s Victorian intellectual -concerns and those of today

About Author

Amanda Anderson is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English at Brown University, USA, and Director of the School of Criticism and Theory. Prior to joining the Brown faculty in 2012, she taught at Johns Hopkins University, where she served as department chair from 2003 2009. She is the author of The Way We Argue Now: A Study in the Cultures of Theory (2006), The Powers of Distance: Cosmopolitanism and the Cultivation of Detachment (2001), and Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture (1993). Prof Anderson has also co-edited, with Joseph Valente, Disciplinarity at the Fin de Siecle (2002). Harry E. Shaw is Professor of English at Cornell University, USA, where he has been teaching since 1978. Specializing in nineteenth-century English novels and narrative poetics, he explores the influence of the British novel on the rise of historical consciousness in Europe, and the ways in which novels help us conceptualize our place in history. He is the author of The Forms of Historical Fiction: Sir Walter Scott and his Successors (1983) and Narrating Reality: Austen, Scott, Eliot (1999), and co-author of Reading the Nineteenth-Century Novel: Austen to Eliot 2008.


Notes on Contributors ix Introduction 1 Amanda Anderson and Harry E. Shaw Part I: Imaginative Form and Literary Context 19 1 Eliot and Narrative 21 Monika Fludernik 2 Metaphor and Masque 35 Michael Wood 3 It Is of Little Use for Me to Tell You : George Eliot s Narrative Refusals 46 Robyn Warhol 4 Surprising Realism 62 Caroline Levine 5 Two Flowers: George Eliot s Diagrams and the Modern Novel 76 John Plotz Part II: Works 91 6 Scenes of Clerical Life and Silas Marner: Moral Fables 93 Stefanie Markovits 7 Adam Bede: History s Maggots 105 Rae Greiner 8 The Mill on the Floss and The Lifted Veil : Prediction, Prevention, Protection 117 Adela Pinch 9 Romola: Historical Narration and the Communicative Dynamics of Modernity 129 David Wayne Thomas 10 Felix Holt: Love in the Time of Politics 141 David Kurnick 11 Middlemarch: January in Lowick 153 Andrew H. Miller 12 Daniel Deronda: Late Form, or After Middlemarch 166 Alex Woloch 13 Poetry: The Unappreciated Eliot 178 Herbert F. Tucker 14 Essays: Essay v. Novel (Eliot, Aloof) 192 Jeff Nunokawa 15 Impressions of Theophrastus Such: Not a Story 204 James Buzard Part III: Life and Reception 217 16 The Reception of George Eliot 219 James Eli Adams 17 George Eliot Among Her Contemporaries: A Life Apart 233 Lynn Voskuil 18 Feminist George Eliot Comes from the United States 247 Alison Booth 19 Transatlantic Eliot: African American Connections 262 Daniel Hack Part IV: Eliot in Her Time and Ours: Intellectual and Cultural Contexts 277 20 Sympathy and the Basis of Morality 279 T. H. Irwin 21 George Eliot, Spinoza, and the Emotions 294 Isobel Armstrong 22 George Eliot and the Law 309 Jan-Melissa Schramm 23 George Eliot and Finance 323 Nancy Henry 24 George Eliot and Politics 338 Carolyn Lesjak 25 Imagining Locality and Affiliation: George Eliot s Villages 353 Josephine McDonagh 26 George Eliot s Liberalism 370 Daniel S. Malachuk 27 George Eliot: Gender and Sexuality 385 Laura Green 28 The Cosmopolitan Eliot 400 Bruce Robbins 29 The Continental Eliot 413 Hina Nazar 30 George Eliot and Secularism 428 Simon During 31 Living Theory: Personality and Doctrine in Eliot 442 Amanda Anderson 32 George Eliot and the Sciences of Mind: The Silence that Lies on the Other Side of Roar 457 Jill L. Matus 33 George Eliot and the Science of the Human 471 Ian Duncan 34 Eliot, Evolution, and Aesthetics 486 Jonathan Loesberg Index 500

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  • ISBN13: 9780470655993
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 532
  • ID: 9780470655993
  • weight: 936
  • ISBN10: 0470655992

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