By Nancy Henry
During this cutting edge research Nancy Henry introduces new evidence that position George Eliot's existence and paintings in the contexts of mid-nineteenth-century British colonialism and imperialism. She examines Eliot's roles as an investor in colonial shares, a dad or mum to emigrant sons, and a reader of colonial literature. She highlights the significance of those contexts to our figuring out of Eliot's fiction and her place inside Victorian tradition. The e-book additionally reexamines the assumptions of postcolonial feedback approximately Victorian fiction and its relation to empire.
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George Eliot and the British Empire by Nancy Henry