George Eliot

By Jan Jedrzejewski

© 2007 – Routledge

184 pages

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About the Book

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge Guides to Literature

Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.
Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.
Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General