George Eliot and the British Empire

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 17, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 182 pages
In this study Nancy Henry introduces a 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.
 

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Contents

George Eliot G H Lewes and the literature of empire
15
emigration and the Lewes boys
42
CHAPTER 3 Investing in empire
77
CHAPTER 4 Daniel Deronda Impressions of Theophrastus Such and the emergence of imperialism
109
Conclusion
141
Notes
150
Bibliography
168
Index
179
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Nancy Henry is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the State University of New York, Binghamton. She is the editor of George Eliot Impressions of Theophratus Such (1994), Elizabeth Gaskell Sylvia Lovers (1997), and Gaskell Ruth. She is a contributor to both the Oxford Companion to George Eliot and The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot (2001). She has published widely on George Eliot, including essays in the Cambridge Companion to George Eliot and in Victorian Literature and Culture.

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