George Eliot and the Country House

Title

George Eliot and the Country House

Description

George Eliot is seldom associated with the world of the English country house, as novelists such as Jane Austen or Henry James are: indeed she sought, very deliberately, to distance herself from the subject in her critical work. In ‘The Natural History of German Life’ Eliot claims: It is not so very serious that we should have false ideas about evanescent
fashions – about the manners and conversation of beaux and duchesses; but
it is serious that our sympathy with the perennial joys and struggles ... in the life of our more heavily-laden fellow-men should be perverted.1
In this article, I argue that the country house is an important component of Eliot’s novels and one which enabled them to have the broadest possible moral and political scope within the widest possible social canvas.

Creator

Esther Fernandez-Llorente

Source

Fernandez-Llorente, Esther. "George Eliot and the Country House." George Eliot Review, vol. 51, 2020, pp. 69-79. George Eliot Review Online, https://GeorgeEliotReview.org

Publisher

George Eliot Review Online, https://GeorgeEliotReview.org

Date

2020

Rights

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Author

Esther Fernandez-Llorente

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Citation

Esther Fernandez-Llorente, “George Eliot and the Country House,” George Eliot Review Online, accessed November 28, 2020, https://georgeeliotreview.org/items/show/943.