Middlemarch In The Twenty-first Century

Paperback | January 10, 2006

EditorKaren Chase

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Middlemarch is the prime example of George Eliot's dictum that "interpretations are illimitable," and in this collection of new essays Middlemarch is re-examined as an open text responsive to gaps and fissures, and as resistant to authority as it is to other fixed notions of identity,idealism, and gender. What does the novel omit, and how do the omissions shape what is there? How shall we understand the materiality of the text? What problems does it pose to adaptation? The novel's plasticity becomes a basis for investigation into the multiple forms of expressiveness, and aconsideration of how we might plot the patterns linguistically, ideologically, even cinematically. New spaces emerge within character, place, and narrative; what seemed absent or inaccessible assumes shape and definition; Middlemarch remains "Victorian" but it is a Victorianism understood throughthe dual perspectives of the 19th and 21st centuries. Scholars of George Eliot and students of Victorianism will be engaged by the wide-ranging scope of these essays, which nonetheless build on each other to form a coherent narrative of critical reflections. If there is something for everyone inMiddlemarch, there is also something compelling about each of the essays in this collection.

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Middlemarch is the prime example of George Eliot's dictum that "interpretations are illimitable," and in this collection of new essays Middlemarch is re-examined as an open text responsive to gaps and fissures, and as resistant to authority as it is to other fixed notions of identity,idealism, and gender. What does the novel omit, and ...

Karen Chase is Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:January 10, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195169964

ISBN - 13:9780195169966

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Table of Contents

Karen Chase, IntroductionGillian Beer, What's Not in MiddlemarchDavid Trotter, Space, Movement, and Sexual Feeling in MiddlemarchKate Flint, The Materiality of MiddlemarchNina Auerbach, Dorothea's Lost DogElizabeth Deeds Ermarth, Negotiating MiddlemarchJ. Hillis Miller, A Conclusion in Which Almost Nothing is Concluded: Middlemarch's "Finale"Daniel Siegel, Losing for ProfitJakob Lothe, Narrative Vision in Middlemarch: The Novel Compared with the BBC Television Adaptation

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"A very readable as well as learned reappraisal of Eliot's narrative ambitions, which might, for once, fulfil the publisher's promise to make one of the most forbidding nineteenth-century novels seem attractive to students. No doubt it is precisely because the contributors to this collectionare so distinguished...that this book acquires its slightly celebratory, but at the same time intimately authoritative tone.... It is as provocative as it is perceptive."--Times Literary Supplement