A Companion to George Eliot

This assortment bargains scholars and students of Eliot’s paintings a well timed serious reappraisal of her corpus, together with her poetry and non-fiction, reflecting the most recent advancements in literary feedback. It gains cutting edge research ­exploring the relation among Eliot’s Victorian highbrow sensibilities and people of our personal era.
A entire number of essays written via top Eliot scholars
Offers a latest reappraisals of Eliot’s paintings reflecting a wide diversity of present educational pursuits, together with faith, technological know-how, ethics, politics, and aesthetics
Reflects the very newest advancements in literary scholarship
Traces the unveiling hyperlinks among Eliot’s Victorian highbrow ­concerns and people of at the present time

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Love of this sort is hardly distinguishable from religious feeling.  .  . all bring with them an unfathomable ocean of love and beauty; our love at its highest flood rushes beyond its object, and loses itself in the sense of divine mystery.  . (Adam Bede 37; ch. 3; my emphasis) Gnomic utterances in Eliot typically start out from a concrete situation or problem in the fictional world—here Seth’s unrequited love for Dinah—and return to the particular issue after the narrator’s flight of sermonizing.

O Aristotle! if you had had the advantage of being “the freshest modern” instead of the greatest ancient, would you not have mingled your praise of metaphorical speech, as a sign of high intelligence, with a lamentation that intelligence so rarely shows itself in speech without metaphor – that we can so seldom declare what a thing is, except by saying it is something else? (147; bk. 2, ch.

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