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George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Science: The Make-Believe of a Beginning (Landmarks of World Literature) (Landmarks of World Literature (Paperback))

George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Science: The Make-Believe of a Beginning (Landmarks of World Literature) (Landmarks of World Literature (Paperback))

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Sally Shuttleworth
Cambridge University Press
Edition: New Ed, 3/27/1987
EAN 9780521335843, ISBN10: 0521335841

Paperback, 272 pages, 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

This study explores the ways in which George Eliot's involvement with contemporary scientific theory affected the evolution of her fiction. Drawing on the work of such theorists as Comte, Spencer, Lewes, Bain, Carpenter, von Hartmann and Bernard, Dr Shuttleworth shows how, as Eliot moved from Adam Bede to Daniel Deronda, her conception of a conservative, static and hierarchical model of society gave way to a more dynamic model of social and psychological life.

Acknowledgements
Preface
1. Science and social thought
the rise of organic theory
2. Adam Bede
natural history as social vision
3. The Mill on the Floss
the shadowy armies of the unconscious
4. Silas Marner
a divided Eden
5. Romola
the authority of history
6. Felix Holt
social and sexual politics
7. Middlemarch
an experiment in time
8. Daniel Deronda
fragmentation and organic union
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index.