George Eliot And The British Empire by Nancy HenryGeorge Eliot And The British Empire by Nancy Henry

George Eliot And The British Empire

byNancy Henry

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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In this innovative study Nancy Henry introduces new facts that place George Eliot's life and work within the contexts of mid-nineteenth-century British colonialism and imperialism. She 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 Eliot's fiction and her position within Victorian culture. The book also reexamines the assumptions of postcolonial criticism about Victorian fiction and its relation to empire.
Nancy Henry is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is the editor of George Eliot's Impressions of Theophratus Such (1994), Elizabeth Gaskell's Sylvia's Lovers (1997), and Gaskell's Ruth. She is a contributor to both the Oxford Companion to George Eliot and The Cambridg...
Title:George Eliot And The British EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521027918

ISBN - 13:9780521027915


Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations and note on the texts; Introduction; 1. Imperial knowledge: George Eliot, G. H. Lewes, and the literature of empire; 2. 'Colleagues in failure': emigration and the Lewes boys; 3. Investing in empire; 4. Daniel Deronda, Impressions of Theophratus Such, and the emergence of imperialism; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Drawing on various sources, including essays, reviews, letters, journals, and records of investments, she offers a new lens through which to view Eliot and her fiction. Especially significant is her challenge to Edward Said's postcolonial reading of ^Daniel Deronda, the basis of his characterization of Eliot as a proponent of an ideology of imperialism...Valuable for its fresh focus." Choice