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  • Collection: George Eliot Review Issue 47: 2016

Japanese Branch Report 2015

On Saturday 28 November 2015, the Nineteenth Annual Convention of The George Eliot Fellowship of Japan was held at Obirin University. The morning session started with an opening address by Maiko Otake (Oborin University). Two papers were presented in…

The Egyptian Sorcerer in Adam Bede

Many scholars and critics have discussed the symbolic significance of the famous opening sentence of Adam Bede and related it to George Eliot's own narrative method, but the precise workings of the Egyptian sorcerer's magical exercise in divination…

Editors' Note

This year's issue of the George Eliot Review is the first for more than two decades that has not been shaped by the editorial hand of Beryl Gray. Beryl joined Graham Handley as co-editor in 1992 and continued until 2015, playing the leading role in…

Barbara Hardy on Dickens

1970, the centenary year of Dickens's death, saw a flood of books published on the novelist including several by distinguished writers and critics ranging from F.R. Leavis to J. B. Priestley. One of the best, and most ground-breaking, of these latter…

An American Tribute to Barbara Hardy

Isobel Armstrong begins her wonderful obituary for Barbara in the Guardian by noting how Barbara loved a good argument. No consideration of what Barbara Hardy has left us can get anywhere without recognition that she was a feisty woman. She was also…

Barbara Hardy in France

Barbara Hardy was a well-known figure among French Victorianists, probably because she had written on three at least of the major novelists of the period, Dickens, Thackeray and George Eliot, not to forget Thomas Hardy and a few others. One of my…

Conference Report, Annual George Eliot Conference University of London, 2015: "Daniel Deronda"

The conference opened with a characteristically rich and incisive paper by Barbara Hardy (Birkbeck), 'Re-Reading Daniel Deronda', which, sadly, was the last she was to deliver (see Obituary and Tributes elsewhere in this issue). She began by drawing…

Two Sequels to Daniel Deronda

The two sequels of my title are a seven page satirical squib in Mr Punch's Pocket-Book for 1877 entitled 'Daniel Deronda, Book IX', and a short novel or long story of around 50,000 words - much the same length as ' Mr Gilfil's Love-Story' -…

The Radical Candidature: Harold Transome's Political Motivation in Felix Holt

In late 1832 Great Britain was preparing for a special General Election. A Reform Bill passed in June had extended voting rights to the middle class, and parliamentary constituencies were re-distributed to enfranchise some of the larger industrial…

Notes on Contributors 2016

Isobel Armstrong is Professor Emerita of English at Birkbeck University of London. She has published widely on nineteenth-century literature and culture, and her books include Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics (1996), The Radical…

Barbara Hardy: Recollections

The last time I saw Barbara Hardy was in November 2014, at the Middlemarch day held at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Senate House, London, when she gave a characteristically rich paper on Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot.' She had turned…

George Eliot's Afterlife: Dinitia Smith's The Honeymoon and Diana Souhami's Gwendolen

In Middlemarch, chapter 20, as Dorothea Casubon sits musing in Rome, George Eliot presents one of the most traumatic honeymoons in fiction. With decorum, but unmistakably, Dorothea's sexual confusion is conveyed: however, she will live through…

In Janet Dempster's Footsteps: A Reminiscence

The road from Trent Valley Station down towards the town centre curves gently past the row of horse-chestnuts in Bond Gate with their white candles. To the young boy arriving to take up residence in Nuneaton it promised something new, always…

A Tribute to Barbara Hardy

Barbara and I were close friends for over fifty years. She was the external examiner for my doctoral thesis in 1962, and from then on we met three or four times a year. I had previously reviewed The Novels of George Eliot and been impressed by the…

Between 'Silly Novels' and Vegetation Myths: George Eliot's Subversive Use of the Two Suitors Convention in Middlemarch

'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists', George Eliot's vitriolic overview of popular novels of the 1850s, which is the source of the mock-recipe above, was published in 1856, shortly before Eliot started writing her first work of fiction, 'The Sad Fortunes…

Remembering Barbara Hardy

Everyone who reads this Review is certain to have read Middlemarch, and everyone who has read Middlemarch can recall the scene in chapter 15 when the narrator describes how Tertius Lydgate had discovered his vocation. Nothing he had studied in his…

Riding Horses in Middlemarch

'George Eliot's Peculiar Passion' the title of an article by Sarah Wintle, refers to the belief expressed by Katherine Mansfield in a letter to her husband, John Middleton Murry, that George Eliot had a 'peculiar passion for horses'. At the beginning…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 2015: "On Writing Neo-Victorian Fiction: James Miranda Barry (1999) and Sophie and the Sybil (2015)

My first historical novel - James Miranda Barry (1999) was not born a Neo-Victorian novel, but became one. And it had a very personal link to my own life. Barry was a nineteenth-century colonial doctor and medical reformer, who had a very successful…

Review of Middlemarch in Spring by Allen Shearer and Claudia Stevens

George Eliot consistently paid meticulous attention to matters of 'voice', typically providing precise descriptions of her characters' voices, whether speaking or singing. Dorothea Brooke's harp-like voice is, of course, one of the qualities that…

Annual Report - 2015

Another successful year' is always good to report, and is expected of a chairman. But it really was a terrific year for the Fellowship. The only damper was the slow, painfully slow progress on the Visitor Centre. I start with thanks to the Fellowship…

Bill Adams: A Tribute

With the passing of Bill Adams at the age of 92 we have truly reached the end of an era. Bill had a close association with the George Eliot Fellowship for fifty years and only two days before his death on 21 June he had laid a wreath in Nuneaton,…

'Woman's freedom consists in choosing the husband who is to be her master': Existentialism and the Female Slave in Daniel Deronda

Various commentators have suggested that Daniel Deronda can be read as a text which espouses early existentialist principles, elevating the individual's search for personal truths above society's expectations and conceptions of duty. I am going to…

Obituary: Barbara Hardy

This will be a very personal obituary because in losing Barbara I lost one of the profoundest friendships of my life. Her demanding intellectual boldness and buoyant strength of mind were immediately striking. But she also had a capacity for warmth…