Browse Documents (17 total)

  • Collection: George Eliot Review Issue 35: 2004

Address at the George Eliot Memorial Gardens Wreath Laying, 2003

It is now I suppose more than six months since Kathleen asked me to deliver this address and whilst I have given the task much thought, it is only now, a few days before the event, that I am committing myself to paper. I followed my usual course when…

Address at the Westminster Abbey Wreath Laying, 2003

I'm a member of just two literary fellowships: one, or course, is the George Eliot Fellowship; the other is the Dickens Fellowship. As a Dickensian as well as an Eliotian, I'm very aware of the fact that, almost every year since 1986, which marked…

Basil and Vampire: Fears of Dissection in Middlemarch

In the final chapter of George Eliot's Middlemarch, after describing the death of Lydgate and Rosamond's subsequent second marriage to 'an elderly and wealthy physician', the narrator tells us that Lydgate once called her his basil plant; and when…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 2003: "What's in a Name: Competing Claims to the Authority of George Eliot"

The contentious issue of fame, infamy, and notoriety is the issue at stake in this lecture. On the one hand I focus attention on a tiny moment at the beginning of George Eliot's career, but argue that its gendered implications remain provocative. It…

Review of Austen, Eliot, Charlotte Brontë and the Mentor-Lover by Patricia Menon

Patricia Menon's title may be cumbersome, but her theme of the lover who becomes the instructor, guide and judge is a fascinating one. In her Prologue, she finds the 'mentor-lover' in Richardson's Pamela, Rousseau's Émile, Dryden's adaptation of…

Review of Dead fom the Waist Down: Scholars and Scholarship in Literature and the Popular Imagination by A.D. Nuttall

In this book, which derives its title from Browning's poem 'A Grammarian's Funeral', Professor Nuttall seeks to explore the profound change that he believes took place in the popular conception of scholars (‘Knowers') and scholarship between the…

Review of Gender and the Victorian Periodical by Hilary Fraser, Stephanie Green and Judith Johnston

'We are dominated by Journalism' 'a really remarkable power', Oscar Wilde observed, not entirely neutrally, in 'The Soul of Man under Socialism' published in the Fortnightly Review in 1891. Like many of his contemporaries, Wilde recognized not only…

Review of Rereading George Eliot: Changing Responses to her Experiments in Life by Bernard J. Paris

While he was still writing his doctoral thesis, which became his influential Experiments in Life: George Eliot's Quest for Values (1965), Paris fully accepted the rhetoric in Eliot's fiction that is designed to shape our moral and intellectual…

Review of The Mill on the Floss: George Eliot by Alain Jumeau and Le Moulin sure la Floss trans. Alain Jumeau

Writing to her first French translator, François d' Albert-Durade, in 1865, George Eliot remarked on how little known his translations appeared to be in France, since she was always being approached by people who wanted to translate her works into…

'That Vandyke Duchess': Portraiture and Epic in Daniel Deronda

Portraits abound in Daniel Deronda - not only on the drawing-room walls of the Grandcourts and Mallingers, and in the 'grave Holbein faces' of the Meyrick family lithographs, but also in the actions and physiognomies of the novel's characters…

The Exceptional Woman and her Audience: Armgart, Performace, and Authorship

Mirah, the Alcharisi, Gwendolen, Dinah, and Rosamond are all, to various degrees, performing women. Eliot's grandest diva, however, is also her least studied. The opera singer Armgart takes centre stage in the poetic closet drama of the same name…

The Two Timothy Coopers

Once or twice when I read and re-read the scene of the railway survey in Middlemarch I felt a sense of niggling lost connection, then one day I belatedly found it. George Eliot had copied the name of Elizabeth Gaskell's Timothy Cooper, in Cousin…

Toast to the Immortal Memory of George Eliot, 2003

Foreword: I have written the following speech after I delivered it - long after. Much thought went into the preparation. However I did not want to read at the lunch, I wanted to talk. I spoke with only skeletal notes and a script of 'The Female…

Annual Report - 2003

The Fellowship year always begins with the Annual General Meeting and in 2003 we amended our Constitution to exclude our Vice Presidents from the management team. This was because the Charity Commission rule that all members of the Fellowship Council…

Notes on Contributors 2004

Kathleen Adams has been Secretary of the Fellowship since 1968. She initiated the Review in 1970, was editor until 1981 and co-editor 1982-91. She published Those of Us Who Loved Her in 1980 and A Community of Interest: The Story of the George Eliot…

'That Most Despicable Travesty of a Woman': Eliza Lynn Linton and Elma Stuart

The George Eliot Collection in Nuneaton Library includes a previously unpublished letter written by Elma Stuart, one of George Eliot's greatest admirers. It was written in response to a critical and spiteful article about George Eliot in 1895 by…

Japanese Branch Report 2003

The seventh annual convention of the George Eliot Fellowship of Japan was held at Nihon University in Tokyo, on Saturday 29 November 2003. The morning session began with an opening address by Kimitaka Hara, a vice-president of the Japanese Branch and…