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On Location with Silas Marner

If you have ever regarded the life of an actor to be a glamorous one, it would have been something of an eye-opener to have visited the location of the BBC Television film of 'Silas Marner' on a cold March day. The day had followed one of almost…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1979: "Silas Marner: The Community of the Novel"

A novel can be described as a kind of discourse, yet, being a book, it belongs to silence and the solitary reader. This deeply paradoxical character of the novel must have been felt especially strongly by George Eliot, who was looking for a medium in…

Silas Marner: George Eliot's Most Coleridgean Work?

In 1861 Henry Crabb Robinson compared George Eliot's Silas Marner with Coleridge's 'The Ancient Mariner'. He noted the novel's 'great affinity' with the poem: 'A little child, its mother having frozen to death at his solitary hovel, is taken in by…

Politics and Pastoral in Silas Marner

When eighteen-year-old surnameless Eppie stands by Silas Marner and against Godfrey Cass she joins a line of subversive children in Victorian fiction. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre speaks out against her aunt; Dickens's Oliver Twist asks for more…

'There is no such thing as natural barrenness in natural women': Childless Marriages in Silas Marner and "The Lifted Veil"

'There is no such thing as natural barrenness in natural women' wrote the eminent French psychologist Eugene Becklard in the 1840s, and, in general, physicians agreed with him. Certainly in mid-nineteenth-century literature children were the sine qua…

Awakening the 'mere pulsation of desire' in Silas Marner

In George Eliot's Middlemarch, the narrator reflects on those crucial events which shape pathways in our lives. For Tertius Lydgate, this occurs with the chance opening of a book to a particular page: [T]he first passage that drew his eyes was on the…

Review of The Mill on the Floss and Silas Marner: New Casebooks eds. Nahem Yousaf and Andrew Maunder

This collection of essays on two of George Eliot's most popular novels adds to the growing number of Casebooks produced by Palgrave. These are useful volumes, particularly for students, providing as they do a selection of recent critical…

Silas Marner and Felix Holt: Affinities and Antitheses

At first sight there seems little to link Silas Marner with Felix Holt. There are certainly con-trasts, but it is harder to find similarities between a short pastoral idyll and a complex politi-cal work that looks forward to Middlemarch rather than…

Review of Silas Marner, adapted and directed by Geoffrey Beevers, Orange Tree Theatre, 1998

Following on from his extremely successful stage adaptation of Adam Bede, which won a Time Out award in 1991, Geoffrey Beevers chose to bring another George Eliot masterpiece, Silas Marner, to the stage at the Orange Tree theatre. With four stage…

Review of "George Eliot: Silas Marner, The Lifted Veil, Brother Jacob" edited by Peter Mudford

Silas Marner, The Lifted Veil and Brother Jacob have formed a triple alliance ever since they were first published together at George Eliot's request in the Cabinet Edition of 1878. That the fellowship is far from uneasy is proved by Peter Mudford in…

Study Group Notes: The Mill on the Floss, Romola, and Silas Marner

When George Eliot stood on the bridge spanning the river which she called the Floss, her imagination must have been stirred by the power of the incoming tide as it met the strong current flowing purposefully towards the sea. This meeting of forces,…

Silas Marner: George Eliot and Mme Le Prince de Beaumont

At the beginning of chapter 15 of Silas Marner (1861), there is a reference to a well-known fairy tale. The paragraph is as follows: That famous ring that pricked its owner when he forgot duty and followed desire - - I wonder if it pricked very hard…

George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1986: "Silas Marner: Filming the Novel"

To make a film of such a well-loved classic book as Silas Marner could be called a calculated risk. To venture into the home territory of George Eliot and talk about it to an audience of experts in the subject seems frankly foolhardy. So, while…

Review of Silas Marner - Not Quite a "Common Ol' Workin' Man" by Gabriel Woolf

To compile a programme of Readings about 'the curse of the drinking classes' (Oscar Wilde) which is both satisfying and moving, requires some diligence and industry. This belies Gabriel Woolf's statement, as he introduced himself to his audience,…

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…