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Ignorance and Power: George Eliot's Attack on Professional Incompetence

Throughout both her essays and her fiction, George Eliot shows little patience with ignorance, in the epigraph to chapter 21 of Daniel Deronda she states, "It is a common sentence that Knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the…

American Branch Report 2000

Dr Linda K. Robertson reports that a small group of members and friends met for dinner in St. Louis, Missouri in November and it is hoped this might become a regular event. Vast distances preclude members in the USA meeting as a branch but there are…

American Branch Report 1998

The ninth annual George Eliot Dinner was held during the Modem Language Association meeting in San Francisco, California. Members of the Fellowship and friends met at Puccini and Pinetta on December 29 for excellent conversation and food. The evening…

Review of The Power of Knowledge: George Eliot and Education by Linda K. Robertson

This book, volume 61 of the University of Kansas Humanistic Studies series, purports to do one thing but delivers another. According to the blurb on the back cover, Robertson demon-strates that George Eliot had much to say on a number of educational…

American Branch Report 1996

The seventh annual dinner of the American branch was held at the I Matti restaurant in Washington, D.C. on 29 December 1996. There was no formal programme, but the tradition-al toast was offered and greetings were delivered from members who could not…

American Branch Report 1995

The American branch of the George Eliot Fellowship met for dinner at Stetson's Restaurant in Chicago on December 28, 1995. There was no formal programme but the evening included the traditional toast, the delivery of greetings from members who were…

Horses and Hounds: The Importance of Animals in The Mill on the Floss

It is not surprising that George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss, set in rural Warwickshire in the early 18oos, should contain references to domestic animals and livestock. What is remarkable is the variety, including dogs, kittens, sheep, cattle,…

American Branch Report 1994

The annual American dinner of the Fellowship was held on 28 December 1994 at The Harbor House restaurant in San Diego, California, site of the Modem Language Association convention. Arrangements for the dinner were made by Harriet Williams, and Linda…

Review of George Eliot and the Conventions of Popular Women's Fiction: A Serious Literary Response to the 'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists' by Susan Rowland Tush

As Susan Rowland Tush notes, recent critics have given considerable attention (often rather harshly) to George Eliot's essay 'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists', which was pub-lished in the Westminster Review in October 1856. Among these critics are…

American Branch Report 1993

Linda Robertson has worked hard at getting a George Eliot session at the annual MLA Convention, so far without success. But she sends her usual report of a friendly gathering during the Conference which brings together members in the USA. On December…

American Branch Report 1992

Several members of the Fellowship in America attended the 1992 MLA Convention in New York in December. On the 28th they gathered together for a Dinner Meeting at Warwick Hotel, New York City. Harriet Williams, Vice-President of the Fellowship,…

Review of The Presence of the Present: Topics of the Day in the Victorian Novel by Richard Altick

The material is organized into twenty thematic chapters, ranging from popular entertainments (panoramas, balloon ascents, mechanical exhibitions, animal shows, waxworks) to consumer goods, to names in the news, to current events, to elections and…

George Eliot: A Reference Guide, 1972-1987 by Karen L. Pangallo

In the preface Pangallo states that she has" attempted to compile a complete bibliography of references to George Eliot," and she cites Dissertations Abstracts International, the MLA International Bibliography of Books and Articles on the Modem…

To Educate or not to Educate: Patterns for Women in George Eliot's Novels

Throughout her novels, George Eliot points out the deplorable state of education for women in the nineteenth century and the effects that poor education has upon the individual. Only limited schooling, if any, was available to girls whose parents…

Education and Daniel Deronda: Three of Eliot's Key Concepts

George Eliot's interest in the subject of education … the effect that their educational backgrounds had only people's lives is reflected in many of her letters essays, and it is very apparent in her novels. Alt Eliot's emphasis on particular types of…

The Role of Popular Medicine in The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, and Felix Holt

More than eight years before George Eliot began her research into medicine for Middlemarch, she wrote of characters who, although not professionals, were strongly influenced by the interest they had in medicine. In each of her English novels…