George Eliot and Victorian Historiography : Imagining the National Past Hardback
by Neil McCaw
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 203 pages, VIII, 203 p.
- Publisher: Palgrave USA
- Publication Date: 25/07/2000
- Category: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9780312234133
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