Advertisement

Introduction: A Brief Reflection on George Eliot Past, Present and Future

  • K. M. Newton
Chapter

Abstract

This Introduction considers the fluctuations in Eliot’s literary reputation, from the reaction against her Victorian fame in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to the recovery of her reputation as a major novelist from the 1940s, the various critical modes that have emerged since then, together with the later twentieth century critical objections by critics influenced by structuralism, post-structuralism, feminism and post-colonialism. There is also a discussion of new critical angles on her writings that are emerging or may emerge in the twenty-first century, together with an outline of the argument and structure of this book.

Bibliography

  1. Amanda Anderson, The Way We Argue Now: A Study in the Cultures of Theory (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).Google Scholar
  2. Rosemary Ashton, G. H. Lewes: An Unconventional Victorian (London: Pimlico, 2000).Google Scholar
  3. Gillian Beer, Darwin’s Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983).Google Scholar
  4. ———, George Eliot (Brighton; Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1986).Google Scholar
  5. Catherine Belsey, Critical Practice (London: Methuen, 1980).Google Scholar
  6. Cairns Craig, Associationism and the Literary Imagination: From the Phantasmal Chaos (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007).Google Scholar
  7. Peter Allan Dale, In Pursuit of a Scientific Culture: Science, Art, and Society in the Victorian Age (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989).Google Scholar
  8. Philip Davis, The Transferred Life of George Eliot: The Biography of a Novelist (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).Google Scholar
  9. Terry Eagleton, Criticism and Ideology: A Study in Marxist Literary Theory (London: New Left Books, 1976).Google Scholar
  10. Lee Edwards, ‘Women, Energy, and Middlemarch’, Massachusetts Review, 13 (1972), 223–8.Google Scholar
  11. Rita Felski, The Limits of Critique (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015).Google Scholar
  12. Avrom Fleishman, George Eliot’s Intellectual Life (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).Google Scholar
  13. Susan Fraiman, Unbecoming Women: British Women Writers and the Novel of Development (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993).Google Scholar
  14. Catherine Gallagher, The Industrial Reformation of English Fiction: Social Discourse and Narrative Form, 1832–1867 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985).Google Scholar
  15. ———, The Body Economic: Life, Death, and Sensation in Political Economy and the Victorian Novel (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006).Google Scholar
  16. Peter Garratt, Victorian Empiricism: Self, Knowledge, and Reality in Ruskin, Bain, Lewes, Spencer, and George Eliot (Madison: Fairley Dickinson University Press, 2010).Google Scholar
  17. Gordon S. Haight, ed., A Century of George Eliot Criticism (London: Methuen, 1965).Google Scholar
  18. Barbara Hardy, The Novels of George Eliot: A Study in Form (Athlone Press, 1959).Google Scholar
  19. ———, ed., Middlemarch: Critical Approaches to the Novel (London: Athlone Press, 1967).Google Scholar
  20. Margaret Harris, ‘The George Eliot Centenary of 1919’, George Eliot Review, 38 (2007), 32–48.Google Scholar
  21. Margaret Harris and Judith Johnston, eds., The Journals of George Eliot (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).Google Scholar
  22. W. J. Harvey, The Art of George Eliot (London: Chatto and Windus, 1961).Google Scholar
  23. Neil Hertz, George Eliot’s Pulse (Stanford: Stanford University Press), 2003.Google Scholar
  24. Kathryn Hughes, George Eliot: The Last Victorian (London: Fourth Estate, 1999).Google Scholar
  25. Gabriel Josipovici, The World and the Book: A Study of Modern Fiction (London: Macmillan Press, 1971), 139.Google Scholar
  26. F. R. Leavis, The Great Tradition: George Eliot, Henry James, Joseph Conrad (London: Chatto and Windus, 1948).Google Scholar
  27. George Levine, The Realistic Imagination: English Fiction from Frankenstein to Lady Chatterley (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983).Google Scholar
  28. G. H. Lewes, Problems of Life and Mind (5 vols.) (London: Trübner, 1874–9).Google Scholar
  29. Reina Lewis, Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity and Representation (London: Routledge, 1996).Google Scholar
  30. Percy Lubbock, The Craft of Fiction (London: Cape, 1921).Google Scholar
  31. Colin MacCabe, James Joyce and the Revolution of the Word (London: Macmillan Press, 1978).Google Scholar
  32. Andrew H. Miller, The Burdens of Perfection: On Ethics and Reading in Nineteenth-Century British Literature (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008).Google Scholar
  33. J. Hillis Miller, Reading for Our Time: ‘Adam Bede’ and ‘Middlemarch’ Revisited’ (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011).Google Scholar
  34. K. M. Newton, George Eliot: Romantic Humanist (London: Macmillan Press, 1981).Google Scholar
  35. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Portable Nietzsche, trans. Walter Kaufmann (New York: Viking, 1954).Google Scholar
  36. Jeff Nunokawa, The Afterlife of Property: Domestic Security and the Victorian Novel (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994).Google Scholar
  37. Paul Ricoeur, ‘The Conflict of Interpretations’, in Freud and Philosophy: An Essay in Interpretation, trans. Denis Savage (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1970), 20–35.Google Scholar
  38. Rick Rylance, Victorian Psychology and British Culture 1850–1880 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).Google Scholar
  39. Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism (London: Chatto and Windus, 1993).Google Scholar
  40. George Saintsbury, A Short History of English Literature (London: Macmillan, 1960).Google Scholar
  41. Harry E. Shaw, Narrating Reality: Austen, Scott, Eliot (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1999).Google Scholar
  42. Sally Shuttleworth, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Science: The Make-Belief of a Beginning (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984).Google Scholar
  43. June Skye Szirotny, George Eliot’s Feminism: The Right to Rebellion (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015).Google Scholar
  44. Raymond Williams, The Country and the City (London: Chatto and Windus, 1973).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. M. Newton
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DundeeDundeeUK

Personalised recommendations