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1971

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George Eliot: Clio As Novelist; An Investigation Into The Uses Of History In Three Of George Eliot's Novels: Romola, Middlemarch, And Daniel Deronda, Liana De Bona Nixen Jan 1971

George Eliot: Clio As Novelist; An Investigation Into The Uses Of History In Three Of George Eliot's Novels: Romola, Middlemarch, And Daniel Deronda, Liana De Bona Nixen

Doctoral Dissertations (20th Century)

The novels of George Eliot are lucrative source materials for investigating literature's relation to history. Her works offer a spectrum of possibilities in the approach to the past. Felix Holt, the Radical, for example, describes the awakening of political consciousness in early Victorian rural England: The Mill on the Floss depicts the power of traditional class ties in shaping social mores; Daniel Deronda renders the zeitgeist in budding Zionism; Romola is a tidy set piece on the closing years of fifteenth-century Florence, and Middlemarch projects a Heraclitean reality with close-ups on the capillary action of process, dissolution, and change ...