Eliot: Middlemarch

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 30, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 99 pages
A comprehensive introduction to Middlemarch, offering both general information and an original interpretation. It pays considerable attention to the intellectual and social context surrounding Middlemarch, and situates the work within nineteenth-century traditions of the novel in England and Europe. Karen Chase gives particular emphasis to the Woman Question in Middlemarch.

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The context of the novel
1
Religion and science
3
The powers of the past
7
The Woman Question
10
1830 and the novel as history
15
The method of Middlemarch
22
The beckoning of the ideal
28
Plots and multiplots
31
Middlemarch and the art of living well
45
Public opinion public crime
48
Time and social hope
51
Gender and generation
61
Metamorphosis
67
Life in time
72
Love in time
77
The afterlife of a masterpiece
86

The narrator
36
Unity or sympathy?
42

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