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Daniel Deronda and the Novel of the Future

  • K. M. Newton
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Abstract

Deronda is Eliot’s most complex novel and also her most political one—given its focus on capitalism, the moral decadence of the ruling class, nationalism and cosmopolitanism. It also implies that British imperial power is likely to be under threat since there are hints that Germany and America will be the major powers of the future. It breaks new ground in the structure of its narrative, its treatment of psychology and temporality being complex and innovative. It may have directly influenced the future through its proto-Zionist theme. In extending time in the novel beyond the present into a future that its author could not foresee but which readers of the novel now are part of, complexities in reader response are created.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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