They Read With Their Own Eye from Nature's Own Book': Imagining Whales in Impressions of Theophrastus Such

Title

They Read With Their Own Eye from Nature's Own Book': Imagining Whales in Impressions of Theophrastus Such

Description

George Eliot’s final book, Impressions of Theophrastus Such has, until recently,
received minimal scholarly attention and even today it is significantly less studied
than Eliot’s novels. While new scholarship has illuminated several chapters, there
still is little scholarly explanation for Eliot’s decision to populate her fable-like
Chapter 3, ‘How We Encourage Research’, with characters who all have cetacean
names. So, while Philip Armstrong can argue that ‘the narrative, form and
thematics of Moby-Dick are all driven by the question: What do whales mean?’

Creator

Emily Butler-Probst

Source

Butler-Probst, Emily. "They Read With Their Own Eye from Nature's Own Book': Imagining Whales in Impressions of Theophrastus Such." George Eliot Review, vol. 51, 2020, pp. 55-67. George Eliot Review Online, https://GeorgeEliotReview.org

Publisher

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

Date

2020

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CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Author

Emily Butler-Probst

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Citation

Emily Butler-Probst, “They Read With Their Own Eye from Nature's Own Book': Imagining Whales in Impressions of Theophrastus Such,” George Eliot Review Online, accessed November 28, 2020, https://georgeeliotreview.org/items/show/947.