George Eliot Review 2011

The George Eliot Review contains the following articles and essays; Narration in Middlemarch, Mr and Mrs Cross, Merorial, Even our failures, Enter the Aunts, Translating Mill on the Floss, Mill on the Floss BBC adaptation, Between Deafness and Sound as well as a conference report.  

Articles in this review

  • Conference Report

    ‘The Mill on the Floss is everyone’s favourite novel’ was the provocative declaration that launched the conference, devoted to Eliot’s second novel, held at the Institute of English Studies on 6 November 2010. Barbara Hardy’s opening statement was given some weight by the day’s papers which, in tackling subjects as diverse as translation, inheritance, idleness, and adaptation, repeatedly expres... Read more »

  • Between Deafness and Sound

    In his review of The Mill on the Floss on 19 May 1860 for The Times, E. S. Dallas began by arguing that Eliot's first novel Adam Bede was successful because 'the temporary delight of listening to a pleasant tale' it gave its readers helped to achieve 'the permanent good of an increased sympathy with our kind'.1 Although the publication of The Mill on the Floss proved, according to Dallas, that ... Read more »

  • The Mill on the Floss on the BBC in 1978

    The 2010 London conference on The Mill on the Floss was designedly conscious of its distance in time from its subject – this distance being measurable by a round number. It was as important to keep in mind, however, the distance between the novel’s composition and its setting. As it happens, this was the same as that between the conference and the 1978 BBC TV adaptation of the novel on which th... Read more »

  • Translating Mill on the Floss into French

    Before dealing with my personal experience of translating The Mill on the Floss into French, I shall start with a few remarks on George Eliot's literary status in France compared with that in English-speaking countries. In Britain, in the States and other English-speaking countries, George Eliot is usually regarded as a great novelist, of the same magnitude as Dickens perhaps, although her nove... Read more »

  • Enter the Aunts

    My title is taken from Chapter 7 of ‘Book First’ of The Mill on the Floss which describes the moment we first meet Aunts Glegg, Pullet and Deane in all their bustling, sharp-tongued, comic glory. The full title of the chapter is ‘Enter the Aunts and Uncles’ and the three redoubtable Dodson sisters are indeed accompanied by their husbands, the Uncles, as they descend upon Dorlcote Mill for a fa... Read more »

  • Even Our Failures are a Prophecy

    My title comes from a poem, 'A Minor Prophet',1 written by George Eliot in 1865, and I want to enlist its help in showing in this paper how the failures she experienced during the decade following the publication of The Mill on the Floss turned into a prophecy that shaped an aesthetic for the rest of her career. Also known as 'My Vegetarian Friend', this poem traces many of the important ide... Read more »

  • The Thirty-Ninth George Eliot Memorial Lecture

    By late 1859, when she had almost finished writing The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot was still unsure of its final title. The working title was 'Sister Maggie', which was particularly appropriate to the first two thirds of the novel, where interest is concentrated on the pleasures and pains of the childhood relationship between Tom and Maggie Tulliver. But in the last third of the book, atten... Read more »

  • Mr and Mrs Cross with the artist John Wharlton Bunney

    The dramatic incident in Venice on the morning of 16 June 1880, when the newly married John Walter Cross jumped into the Grand Canal from his hotel room's balcony, has attracted much curiosity and speculation. Understandably Mrs Cross (George Eliot) was reticent about the happening in her journal and letters, and also wrote little about her stay in Venice before and after the event. But there i... Read more »

  • Narration in Middlemarch revisited

    In a previously published article entitled 'The Role of the Narrator in George Eliot's Novels',1 I attempted to defend her narrator (particularly in regard to Middlemarch) from a variety of critical attacks. The main points of my argument were: (1) that the narrator should not be identified with Eliot herself as it often is but is a persona with a tone of voice separate from the author and thus... Read more »