As a woman in an illegal marriage, publishing under a male pseudonym, George Eliot was one of the most successful yet controversial writers of the Victorian period. Today she is considered a key figure for women’s writing and her novels, including The Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch, are commonly ranked as literary classics.
This guide to Eliot’s enduringly popular work offers:
- an accessible introduction to the contexts and many interpretations of Eliot’s texts, from publication to the present
- an introduction to key critical texts and perspectives on Eliot’s life and work, situated in a broader critical history
- cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
- suggestions for further reading.
Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of George Eliot and seeking not only a guide to her works but also a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds them.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Life and Contexts 1. Childhood and Education (1819–1835) 2. At Griff and Coventry (1835–1849) 3. The Years of Independence (1849–1854) 4. The Budding Novelist (1854–1859) 5. The Professional Author (1859–1868) 6. The Literary Triumph (1868–1876) 7. Widowhood and Marriage (1876–1880) Part 2: Work 1. Scenes of Clerical Life (1857–8) 2. Adam Bede (1859) 3. The Mill on the Floss (1860) 4. Silas Marner (1861) 5. Romola (1862–3) 6. Felix Holt, the Radical (1866) 7. Middlemarch (1871–2) 8. Daniel Deronda (1876) 9. Other Prose 9.1 'The Lifted Veil' (1859) 9.2 'Brother Jacob' (1860, published 1864) 9.3. Impressions of Theophrastus Such (1879) 9.4 Literary Criticism and Other Journalist Writings 10. Poetry 10.1 The Spanish Gypsy (1868) 10.2. The Legend of Jubal and Other Poems (1874; 1878) Part 3: Criticism 1. Early Biographies and Criticism 2. Beginnings of Modern Criticism 3. Biographical Studies and Related Works 4. General Critical Studies 5. Feminist Criticism 6. Psychoanalytical Criticism 7. Historical Criticism 8. Post-Colonial Criticism 9. George Eliot in Context
Educated at Lódz, Poland, and Worcester College, Oxford, Jan Jedrzejewski is Head of English at the University of Ulster. He has published Thomas Hardy and the Church (1996), essays on Victorian literature, Irish literature, and Anglo-Polish literary relations, and editions of Hardy and Le Fanu.