The Cambridge Introduction to George Eliot


The Cambridge Introduction to George Eliot

As the author of The Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch, George Eliot was one of the most admired novelists of the Victorian period, and she remains a central figure in the literary canon today. She was the first woman to take on the kind of political and philosophical fiction that had previously been a male preserve, combining rigorous intellectual ideas with a sensitive understanding of human relationships and making her one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century. This innovative introduction provides students with the religious, political, scientific and cultural contexts they need to understand and appreciate her novels, stories, poetry and critical essays. Nancy Henry also traces the reception of her work to the present, surveying a range of critical and theoretical responses. Each novel is discussed in a separate section, making this the most comprehensive short introduction available to this important author.


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'Like the other titles in this useful series this gives a sound and comprehensive introduction both to the writer and to her works.' Contemporary Review

Reference Title: Further reading

Reference Type: further-reading

Reference Title: Biography

Reference Type: bibliography

Ashton, Rosemary . G. H. Lewes: A Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.
Ashton, Rosemary George Eliot: A Life. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1996.
Bodenheimer, Rosemarie . The Real Life of Mary Ann Evans. George Eliot, Her Letters, and Her Fiction. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994.
Haight, Gordon S. George Eliot: A Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1968.
Hands, Timothy . A George Eliot Chronology. Boston: G. K. Hall & Co., 1988.
The George Eliot Letters. 9 vols. Ed. Gordon S. Haight . New Haven: Yale University Press, 1954–5, 1978.
The Journals of George Eliot. Eds. Margaret Harris and Judith Johnstone . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Lewes, G. H. The Letters of George Henry Lewes. 3 Vols. Ed. William Baker . Victoria, BC: University of Victoria Press, 1995/1999.

Reference Title: Collections of reviews and criticism

Reference Type: bibliography

George Eliot: The Critical Heritage. Ed. David Carroll . London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1971.
George Eliot: Critical Assessments. 3 vols. Ed. Stuart Hutchinson . East Sussex: Helm Information Ltd, 1996.
The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot. Ed. George Levine . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
The Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot. Ed. John Rignall . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Reference Title: General criticism

Reference Type: bibliography

Baker, William . George Eliot and Judaism. Salzburg: Salzburg Studies in English Literature, 1975.
Beer, Gillian . Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction. London: Ark Paperbacks, 1983.
Ashton, Rosemary George Eliot. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986.
Bonaparte, Felicia . The Triptych and the Cross: The Central Myths of George Eliot's Poetic Imagination. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
Carroll, David . George Eliot and the Conflict of Interpretations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Deirdre David . Intellectual Women and Victorian Patriarchy: Harriet Martineau, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987.
Dolin, Tim . George Eliot. Authors in Context. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Gray, Beryl . George Eliot and Music. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1989.
Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar . The Madwoman in the Attic. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979.
Graver, Suzanne . George Eliot and Community: A Study in Social Theory and Fictional Form. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.
Henry, Nancy . George Eliot and the British Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Hertz, Neil . George Eliot's Pulse. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003.
Knoepflmacher, U. C. George Eliot's Early Novels: The Limits of Realism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1968.
Leavis, F. R. The Great Tradition: George Eliot, Henry James, Joseph Conrad. New York: G. W. Stewart, 1949.
Levine, George . Darwin and the Novelists: Patterns of Science in Victorian Fiction. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988.
Lewes, G. H. Versatile Victorian: Selected Writings of George Henry Lewes. Ed. Rosemary Ashton . Bristol: Bristol Classics Press, 1992.
Newton, K. M. George Eliot: Romantic Humanist: A Study of the Philosophical Structure of her Novels. Totowa, New Jersey: Barnes & Noble Books, 1981.
Paris, Bernard J. Experiments in Life: George Eliot's Quest for Values. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1965.
Paxton, Nancy L. George Eliot and Herbert Spencer: Feminism, Evolutionism, and the Reconstruction of Gender. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.
Rignall, John . Ed. George Eliot and Europe. Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1997.
Semmel, Bernard . George Eliot and the Politics of National Inheritance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Shuttleworth, Sally . George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.
Welsh, Alexander . George Eliot and Blackmail. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1985.
Whittemeyer, Hugh . George Eliot and the Visual Arts. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979.