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Nineteenth-Century Literature (2012) 67 (2): 204–233.
Published: 01 September 2012
...,” never again to perform productive work. But many mid-Victorians saw diffusion in optimistic terms, in contrast to more disconsolate perspectives at the century's close. In Middlemarch (1873-74), I argue, Eliot utilized the theory of energy diffusion as a model of eternal fulfillment. She did so in two...
Nineteenth-Century Literature (2012) 66 (4): 494–530.
Published: 01 March 2012
... Middlemarch (1871–72) critiques this paradigm, revealing its negation of otherness and its corresponding fixation of the self as an identity, and offers an alternative conception of relationship that foregrounds the presence and distinctness of the other and the open-endedness of relationship. The novel...
Nineteenth-Century Literature (2011) 66 (3): 307–327.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Rebecca N. Mitchell In both Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847) and George Eliot’s Middlemarch (1871–72) an earnest and ambitious man falls in love with a superficial and beautiful woman named Rosamond. This essay explores the “Rosamond plots” to argue that Middlemarch stages a radical revision of...
Nineteenth-Century Literature (2010) 65 (2): 214–245.
Published: 01 September 2010
... gratification, the treatment of consumption in George Eliot's Middlemarch (1871) offers an important articulation of moral thought. Eliot suggests that aesthetic pleasure can make consumption morally defensible, but she also anticipates Pierre Bourdieu's critique of the aesthetic: her novel represents both the...
Nineteenth-Century Literature (2010) 64 (4): 465–493.
Published: 01 March 2010
... specific heirlooms in Middlemarch (1871––72) and Daniel Deronda (1876)——including miniature portraits, emeralds, turquoises, and diamonds——to reveal the surprising politics embedded in Eliot's heirlooms that her nineteenth-century readers would certainly have recognized. ©© 2010 by The Regents of the...