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Jean Arnold and Lila Marz Harper (eds.), George Eliot: Interdisciplinary Essays

Interdisciplinary Essays:

George Eliot

Edited by Jean Arnold and Lila Marz Harper

  • Transdisciplinary approach opens up fresh perspectives and avenues of enquiry into Eliot's work.
  • Features essays by scholars with established records in Eliot studies, in addition to new scholarship by emerging scholars.
  • Addresses natural history, mythology, social reform, the world of nature, gender studies, representations of Eliot’s writing in periodicals, poetry, international translation, materialist theory, and Eliot’s own research and experience of Italy and its history.

This collection brings together new articles by leading scholars who reappraise George Eliot in her bicentenary year as an interdisciplinary thinker and writer for our times. Here, researchers, students, teachers and the general public gain access to new perspectives on Eliot’s vast interests and knowledge, informed by the nineteenth-century British culture in which she lived. Examining Eliot’s wide-ranging engagement with Victorian historical research, periodicals, poetry, mythology, natural history, realism, the body, gender relations, and animal studies, these essays construct an exciting new interdisciplinary agenda for future Eliot studies.

Jean Arnold taught in the Department of English at California State University, San Bernardino, California and at Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA.  She is author of Victorian Jewelry, Identity, and the Novel: Prisms of Culture (2011).

Lila Marz Harper is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Central Washington University, USA and Thesis Editor for the Graduate School.  She is author of Solitary Travelers: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Travel Narratives and the Scientific Vocation (2001). She edited the Broadview edition of Edwin Abbott's Flatland (2009) and is a Distinguished Bibliographic Indexer and Section Head for the MLA International Bibliography.

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