George Eliot and Victorian Historiography

Imagining the National Past

  • Neil McCaw

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Neil McCaw
    Pages 33-50
  3. Neil McCaw
    Pages 51-65
  4. Neil McCaw
    Pages 66-84
  5. Neil McCaw
    Pages 85-99
  6. Neil McCaw
    Pages 100-120
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 147-203

About this book


In this new study of George Eliot's fiction, textual attempts to imagine a coherent and unified national past are seen as producing a contradictory vision of Englishness. It is a historiographical national identity, constructed in the image of predominant, and conflicting, trends in the Victorian writing of history. The inherent uncertainty caused by the shift between different perceptions of English history leads, in the later fiction, to an abandonment of contemporaneous grand narratives. The consequence is a history that anticipates a more modern, radical philosophy of history.


fiction historiography history

Authors and affiliations

  • Neil McCaw
    • 1
  1. 1.King Alfred’s CollegeWinchesterUK

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