Postcolonial George Eliot

Authors: Lovesey, Oliver

  • Challenges conventional views of George Eliot through exploring the range of the colonial imaginary in her work
  • Uncovers frequently overlooked colonial figures in her novels and explores Victorian Islamophobia
  • Draws on a compelling range of sources, such as Eugene Bodichon's Algerian anthropology texts, to better understand the roots of conflict in our postcolonial present
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This book examines the range of the colonial imaginary in Eliot’s works, from the domestic and regional to ancient and speculative colonialisms. It challenges monolithic, hegemonic views of George Eliot — whose novelistic career paralleled the creation of British India — and also dismissals of the postcolonial as ahistorical. It uncovers often-overlooked colonized figures in the novels. It also investigates Victorian Islamophobia in light of Eliot’s impatience with ignorance, intolerance, and xenophobia as well as her interrogation of the make-believe of endings. Drawing on a range of sources from Eugène Bodichon’s Algerian anthropological texts, the Persian journals of John Martyn, and postmodern re-engagements, Postcolonial George Eliot has implications for an understanding of the globalization of English, the decolonization of disciplinarity and periodization, and the roots of present-day conflict in the wider Mediterranean world.

About the authors

Oliver Lovesey is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Canada. He has authored a number of monographs on George Eliot and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, and edited Victorian Social Activists’ Novels, The Mill on the Floss, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ngũgĩ, and a Popular Music and Society special issue: 'Popular Music and the Postcolonial'.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: George Eliot and the Victorian Postcolonial

    Lovesey, Oliver

    Pages 1-49

  • Decolonizing Victorian Anthropology (Scenes of Clerical Life and Adam Bede)

    Lovesey, Oliver

    Pages 51-105

  • George Eliot and Victorian Islamophobia (Felix Holt’s Colonial Subject)

    Lovesey, Oliver

    Pages 107-158

  • Middlemarch’s Colonial Imaginary

    Lovesey, Oliver

    Pages 159-216

  • Conclusion: The Leavis Tradition, Educational Assessment, and the Postcolonial Library

    Lovesey, Oliver

    Pages 217-241

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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Postcolonial George Eliot
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-33212-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-33212-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-33211-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 310
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