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Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture : George Eliot and the British Empire Series Number 34 - Nancy Henry

Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

George Eliot and the British Empire Series Number 34

Hardcover Published: 11th February 2002
ISBN: 9780521808453
Number Of Pages: 198

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In this innovative study Nancy Henry introduces a new set of facts that place George Eliot's life and work within the contexts of mid nineteenth-century British colonialism and imperialism. Henry examines Eliot's roles as an investor in colonial stocks, a parent to emigrant sons, and a reader of colonial literature. She highlights the importance of these contexts to our understanding of both Eliot's fiction and her situation within Victorian culture. Henry argues that Eliot's decision to represent the empire only as it infiltrated the imaginations and domestic lives of her characters illuminates the nature of her Realism. The book also re-examines the assumptions of postcolonial criticism about Victorian fiction and its relation to empire.

'... a worthy and impressive study ...' Literature & History
"Henry's skillful interweaving of biographical, textural, and cultural criticism enables us to see George Eliot and her work in fresh, new ways." Canadian Woman Studies
"Henry fully delivers on her promise to present 'a new Eliot,' demonstrating the centrality of empire to Eliot's life an literary practice." Victorian Periodicals Review
"Refreshing and rewarding..." Victorians Institute Journal
"This is a timely and necessary book and its attack on post-colonial readings of Eliot is cogent and to me persuasive...this book is clearly a significant contribution to Eliot studies." George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies
"Drawing on various sources, including essays, reviews, letters, journals, and records of investments, she offers a new lens through which to view Eliot and her fiction. Especially significant is her challenge to Edward Said's postcolonial reading of ^Daniel Deronda, the basis of his characterization of Eliot as a proponent of an ideology of imperialism...Valuable for its fresh focus." Choice

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations and note on the texts
Introduction
Imperial knowledge: George Eliot, G. H. Lewes, and the literature of empire
'Colleagues in failure': emigration and the Lewes boys
Investing in empire
Daniel Deronda, Impressions of Theophratus Such, and the emergence of imperialism
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521808453
ISBN-10: 0521808456
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 11th February 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.46