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Author McCaw, Neil, 1969-

Title George Eliot and Victorian historiography [electronic resource] ; imagining the national past / Neil McCaw.

Published Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.


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Physical description 216 p.
Notes Electronic book text.
Epublication based on: 9780333749326, 2000.
Contents Acknowledgements Introduction: 'Those Far-Reaching Visions of the Past' George Eliot and the (Meta)Narrativity of History Imagining the National Past A Natural History of English Life A Carlylean Counter-Paradigm Theodicy and History Imagining the National Present Unwritten Landscapes: Imagining the National Future Conclusion: Beyond Victorian Historiography Bibliography Index.
File type Document
Summary In this new study of George Eliot's fiction, textual attempts to imagine a coherent and unified national past are seen as producing a contradictory vision of Englishness. It is a historiographical national identity, constructed in the image of predominant, and conflicting, trends in the Victorian writing of history. The inherent uncertainty caused by the shift between different perceptions of English history leads, in the later fiction, to an abandonment of contemporaneous grand narratives. The consequence is a history that anticipates a more modern, radical philosophy of history.
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History notes NEIL MCCAW is a Lecturer in English Studies at King Alfred's College, Winchester where he teaches courses in nineteenth-century literature and culture. He has published articles and chapters on Victorian masculinity, literary Irishness , and nineteenth-century historical writing.
Subject Eliot, George, 1819-1880. -- Knowledge -- History.
Eliot, George, 1819-1880. -- Criticism and interpretation.
Literature and history -- History -- 19th century -- Great Britain.
Historiography -- History -- 19th century -- Great Britain.
Historical fiction, English -- History and criticism.
National characteristics, English, in literature.
History in literature.
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 -- English.
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers -- English.
Historiography -- English.
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