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  • Collection: George Eliot Review Issue 44: 2013

Review of Heathen and Outcast: Scenes in the Life of George Eliot by Robert Muscutt

This fictionalized version of George Eliot's life between 1841 and 1854 takes as its starting point Edith Simcox's account of visiting the Midlands after the novelist's death and collecting material for a biography which, in the end, was never…

Review of Reading for Our Time: 'Adam Bede' and 'Middlemarch' Revisited by J. Hillis Miller

As his sub-title indicates, J. Hillis Miller is returning in his latest book to the study of George Eliot, bringing to bear on Adam Bede and Middlemarch the insight and erudition acquired in a long and distinguished career as a scholar and critic. He…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 2012: "Romola's Artists"

2012-2013 marks the one hundred and fiftieth birthday of Romola. Originally published in the Cornhill Magazine from July 1862 to August 1863, it later appeared in a three volume edition in 1863. An illustrated edition followed in 1865. George Eliot…

George Eliot, Scientific Materialism and Literary Form: Some Reflections on Felicia Bonaparte's Will and Destiny

Felicia Bonaparte's study of Eliot's fiction, Will and Destiny: Morality and Tragedy in George Eliot's Novels, was published in 1975. I read it rather quickly towards the end of the 1970s because at the time I was working on a study of Eliot of my…

The Golden Gates are Passed

There have always been attempts not just to conceal knowledge of George Eliot's life but also to manipulate it into conformity with a preconceived profile. In the Preface to his edition of The George Eliot Letters in nine volumes, Gordon Haight…

George Eliot, Marcel Proust and the Logic of Desire

The influence of George Eliot's fiction on Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time has often been discussed. For instance, L. A. Bisson drew attention in 1945 to 'the possibility, even the likelihood, of[ ... ] [an] immediate and sympathetic…

'The Antigone and its Moral': George Eliot's Antigonean Considerations

As early as 1856 with the publication of the essay, 'The Antigone and Its Moral' George Eliot turned her literary attention to the Sophoclean figure of Antigone. Scholars such as Gerhard Joseph' and David Moldstad' have enumerated Eliot's multiple…

The Two Felixes: Narratorial Irony and the Question of Radicalism in Felix Holt and 'Address to Working Men, by Felix Holt'

In this characterization of Dorothea by the narrator of Middlemarch (1871-2), the 'Great' Reform Act of 1832 is posited as a dividing line between two phases of history, so distinct as to have separate spheres of interest and judgements of normality.…

Japanese Branch Report 2012

On Saturday 1 December 2012, the Sixteenth Annual Convention of the George Eliot Fellowship of Japan was held at Kansai University of Foreign Studies. The morning session started with an opening address by Chizuko Watari (Kansai University of Foreign…

Review of The Ladislaw Case by Imke Thormahlen and translated by Marianne Thormählen

We live in an age of prequels and sequels either in book form or in television serials, with nineteenth-century novelists providing the majority of the material for contemporary writers to develop or elaborate. It was perhaps only a matter of time…

Review of George Eliot in Society: Travels Abroad and Sundays at the Priory by Kathleen McCormack

This is a welcome and wholly worthwhile extension of the author's George Eliot's English Travels: Composite Characters and Coded Communication (2005), a densely written and stimulating examination of places and people in Eliot's life which have some…

Review of Form and Feeling in Modern Literature: Essays in Honour of Barbara Hardy edited by William Baker and Isobel Armstrong

Does criticism move in circles and cycles? Perhaps, like a Yeatsian gyre, it progresses by revolving and rotating. If times have changed utterly since the appearance of Barbara Hardy's first book, The Novels of George Eliot (1959), then it is also…

Annual Report - 2012

The year began in March with an introduction to Romola for the Nuneaton George Eliot Study Group which was attended by nearly forty local members. This was followed up by more in depth sessions on Romola at Bedworth Almshouses after Easter. These…

George Eliot's Brazilian Critical Fortune and the Case of Romola

I would like to begin this paper with a comment by Professor Felicia Bonaparte about George Eliot's novels. In an introductory reflection, she once observed that We have found nothing yet that Eliot did not deliberately put in her novels; [ ... ].…

'And her wings fall from her and she drops to the ground': Reading Eliot's Mr. Casaubon Through Benjamin Jowett's Phaedrus

In the scene describing Casaubon 's pathetic mental state prior to his heart attack in Chapter XXIX of Middlemarch, the narrator makes an enigmatic reference: 'Doubtless some ancient Greek has observed that behind the big mask and the…

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