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George Eliot's intellectual life /
Avrom Fleishman.
imprint
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
description
xi, 296 p.
ISBN
9780521117364
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Book
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imprint
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
isbn
9780521117364
contents note
The "evangelical": starting out in a Christian culture -- The apostate: moving beyond the Christian mythos -- The journalist: editing, reviewing, shaping a worldview -- The Germanist: balancing the counterweight of German thinkers -- The novelist: mixing realism, naturalism and mythmaking -- The historian: tracking the idealistic, utopian and national, in Romola and The Spanish gypsy -- The "radical": taking an anti-political stance in Felix Holt -- The encyclopaedist: transcending the past in Middlemarch -- The visionary: transmitting ideals in Daniel Deronda -- The intellectual: cultural critique in Impressions of theophrastus Such.
catalogue key
7122863
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-11-01:
This is Fleishman's finest work since Fiction and the Ways of Knowing (CH, Jan'79). In their biographies of Eliot, Frederick Karl (George Eliot, Voice of a Century, CH, Dec'95, 33-1994) and Rosemary Ashton (George Eliot, CH, Nov'97, 35-1354) strode beyond Gordon Haight's definitive George Eliot (CH, Dec'69) by relating Eliot's life to her work in new ways. Fleishman (Johns Hopkins Univ.) follows Eliot's reading, taking seriously the fact that she was not by nature a literary writer but rather a social/philosophical theorist interested in religious and national destiny. In so doing he offers an unprecedented "intellectual life" that delineates the nature of Eliot's thinking as it took form in fiction, poetry, essay, and satire. Interested in the philosophy of religion, Eliot elaborated, in a variety of discursive forms, a tragic vision of human existence. Fleishman traces Eliot's "idealistic mentality" from her early experiences as translator and editor through her Scenes of Clerical Life and subsequent great novels (1859-76). Focusing on Eliot's abortive effort to write a poetic tragedy (which became The Spanish Gypsy), Fleishman grasps the significance of Eliot's little-known essay "Notes on the Spanish Gypsy and Tragedy in General." Proving Eliot no Comtean political radical, Fleishman reveals the tragic ethos that pervades her work. Summing Up: Essential. All readers. N. Lukacher University of Illinois at Chicago
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"One strength of the book is that it returns to some of Eliot's essays, attending not only to the points that have been central to recent critical discussion, but also drawing out elements that have been overlooked." --Victorian Studies
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George Eliot's intelligence and her wide knowledge of history, literature, philosophy and political thought shaped her fiction and her non-fiction. This intellectual biography tells the story of her development from her initial Christian culture towards a humanistic and progressive world view which informed her literary achievements.
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George Eliot's intelligence and her wide knowledge of history, literature, philosophy and political thought shaped her fiction and her non-fiction. This 2010 intellectual biography tells the story of her development from her initial Christian culture towards a humanistic and progressive world view which informed her crowning literary achievements.
Main Description
It is well known that George Eliot's intelligence and her wide knowledge of literature, history, philosophy and religion shaped her fiction, but until now no study has followed the development of her thinking through her whole career. This intellectual biography traces the course of that development from her initial Christian culture, through her loss of faith and working out of a humanistic and cautiously progressive world view, to the thought-provoking achievements of her novels. It focuses on her responses to her reading in her essays, reviews and letters as well as in the historical pictures of Romola, the political implications of Felix Holt, the comprehensive view of English society in Middlemarch, and the visionary account of personal inspiration in Daniel Deronda. This portrait of a major Victorian intellectual is an important addition to our understanding of Eliot's mind and works, as well as of her place in nineteenth-century British culture.
Description for Bookstore
George Eliot's intelligence and her wide knowledge of history, literature, philosophy and political thought shaped her fiction and her non-fiction. This intellectual biography tells the story of her development from her initial Christian culture towards a humanistic and progressive world view which informed her crowning literary achievements.
Main Description
It is well known that George Eliot's intelligence and her wide knowledge of literature, history, philosophy and religion shaped her fiction, but until now no study has followed the development of her thinking through her whole career. This 2010 intellectual biography traces the course of that development from her initial Christian culture, through her loss of faith and working out of a humanistic and cautiously progressive world view, to the thought-provoking achievements of her novels. It focuses on her responses to her reading in her essays, reviews and letters as well as in the historical pictures of Romola, the political implications of Felix Holt, the comprehensive view of English society in Middlemarch, and the visionary account of personal inspiration in Daniel Deronda. This portrait of a major Victorian intellectual is an important addition to our understanding of Eliot's mind and works, as well as of her place in nineteenth-century British culture.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The "Evangelical": starting out in a Christian culturep. 12
The Apostate: moving beyond the Christian mythosp. 24
The Journalist: editing, reviewing, shaping a worldviewp. 44
The Germanist: balancing the counterweight of German thinkersp. 72
The Novelist: mixing realism, naturalism and mythmakingp. 93
The Historian: tracking ideals - utopian and national - in Romola and The Spanish Gypsyp. 112
The "Radical": taking an anti-political stance in Felix Holtp. 140
The Encyclopedist: transcending the past in Middlemarchp. 161
The Visionary: transmitting ideals in Daniel Derondap. 190
The Intellectual: cultural critique in Impressions of Theophrastus Suchp. 218
Notesp. 252
Works citedp. 282
Name indexp. 292
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