Selected Critical Writings

Selected Critical Writings

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Famous for her powerful and popular fiction, George Eliot was also a remarkable critic, translator, and editor. The depth and versatility of her intelligence are illustrated in this selection of critical writings which presents Eliot's views on science, religion, positivism, feminism, and politics, and includes her literary critical work on a range of authors and forms: Tennyson, Browning, Goethe, Heine, German historical criticism of the Bible, classical drama, and popular contemporary novels. Most of the pieces in this volume were written before Eliot began to write fiction in 1856, and short extracts from her early novels are juxtaposed with her journal entry `How I Came to Write Fiction' and her essays on realism in art. The volume is a vivid representation of the analytical mind, the wit, and the sympathy which also characterize the narrators of George Eliot's novels. This book is intended for students of English literature; Victorian studies; literary criticism; women's studies.
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  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 116.84 x 185.42 x 25.4mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 019282886X
  • 9780192828866

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From the translation of David Friedrich Strauss' "The Life of Jesus" (Introduction: Criteria by which to distinguish the unhistorical in the Gospel narrative); letter to Charles Bray (21 October 1846); J.A. Froude's "The Nemesis of Faith"; R.W. Mackay's "The Prgress of the Intellect"; woman in France - Madame de Sable; from the translation of Feuerbach's ("The Essence of Christianity" (Concluding application); from the translation of Spinoza's "Ethics" (On the power of the intellect, or on human liberty); Liszt, Wagner and Weimar; Charles Kingsley's "Westward Ho!"; Geraldine Jewsbury's "Constance Herbert"; Lord Broughman's literature; the morality of "Wilhelm Meister"; the future of German philosophy; evangelical teaching - Dr Cumming; Tennyson's "Maud"; Margaret Fuller and Mary Wollstonecraft; Thomas Carlyle; German wit - Heinrich Heine; Robert Browning's "Men and Women"; the "Antigone" and its moral; John Ruskin's "Modern Painters, Vol III"; the natural history of German life; silly novels by lady novelists; how I came to write fiction; from "The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton" (Chapter 5); from "Adam Bede" (Book II, Chapter 17); a word for the Germans; address to working men, by Felix Holt; notes on form in art.
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