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Mahawatte, Royce, author
George Eliot and the gothic novel : genres, gender, feeling / Royce Mahawatte
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 2013
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  PR4687.3 .M34 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject Eliot, George, 1819-1880 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject(s) Gothic fiction (Literary genre) -- Criticism and interpretation
Physical Description viii, 260 pages ; 23 cm
Content Type text
Media Type unmediated
Carrier Type volume
Note includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-247) and indexes
Summary "George Eliot and the Gothic Novel tracks George Eliot's reading of gothic and sensational literature and her responses to them in her own works. Royce Mahawatte focuses on the frightening, startling, and melodramatic elements of Eliot's fiction, placing Eliot within a culture of mid-Victorian sensationalism and highlighting the connections between her and authors like Mary Braddon, Wilkie Collins, and Edward Bulwer Lytton. Mahawatte argues that suspenseful and popular tropes play a significant role in Eliot's literary ethics and creativity and that our understanding of the author's writing needs to be broadened to include her extensive and complex engagement with the gothic tradition."--Publisher's website
Contents Introduction: 'half-womanish, half-ghostly': George Eliot and the Inheritance of the Gothic -- Part I: Reimagining the Genres of Feeling. 'as if there was a demon in me': 'Janet's Repentence' and the Evangelical Gothic ; 'with two names written on it': Sensation Narratives in Adam Bede ; 'of one texture with the rest of my existence': 'The Lifted Veil' and the Tale of the Supernatural. -- Part II: Uncanny Women, Fearing Men. Counterfeit Gothic Heroines in The Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch ; Romola and Felix Holt, The Radical: The Pursuits of Paranoid Men ; Finale: Daniel Deronda: Sensationalized Society, Gothicized Self
NOTE 531506
Series Gothic literary studies

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