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George Eliot - Adam Bede/The Mill on the Floss/Middlemarch

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 208
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Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

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01 April 2000

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31 March 2000

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George Eliot's reception as a writer has been chequered from the start. Prejudice followed the reluctant revelation of her real identity as a woman, and she suffered from critical neglect at the start of the twentieth...

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George Eliot's reception as a writer has been chequered from the start. Prejudice followed the reluctant revelation of her real identity as a woman, and she suffered from critical neglect at the start of the twentieth century, before a post-war renaissance of interest finally established her as one of the most powerful and accomplished of British novelists. Views of Mary Ann Evans, the woman behind the pseudonym, have always been controversial: castigated during her own time for sexual impropriety with a married man, accused by male 'friends' of being an overly intellectual 'man-woman', rejected by twentieth-century feminists for the opinions expressed in her essay 'Silly Novels by Lady Novelists', she is a figure for our own times as much as for her own. Focusing on three of Eliot's most influential and widely-read 'Midlands' novels, Lucie Armitt traces the effect of recent critical interpretations upon the reception and teaching of Eliot's work, as well as revisiting some of the perspectives offered by original reviewers and early critics. Class, gender and ideology all come under scrutiny, as do Eliot's central fictive themes of currency, circulation, sensuality and the voice. A variety of theoretical positions are reflected in the material selected for discussion, including post-structuralism, feminism, Marxism and psychoanalysis. Clear explication of these discourses is offered, combined with informative and detailed readings of primary extracts as illustrations.

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Includes a comprehensive collection of critical essays, reviews and articles, providing the student with the most important secondary material on the text
Accessibly written editorial narrative links the extracts, highlighting important concepts and shifts in critical thinking
Places the secondary criticism within a cultural and historical context

Introducing Eliot: Then and Now
Eliot in Relation to Literary Realism
Eliot's Writing and the Politics of Class
Sexuality, Gender and Desire in The Mill on the Floss
Eliot and Representations of Science
Eliot's Metaphors of Circulation
Notes
Works Cited
Acknowledgements
Index.
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LUCIE ARMITT is Lecturer in English at the University of Wales, Bangor.

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LUCIE ARMITT is Lecturer in English at the University of Wales, Bangor.

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