Abstract

It has been said that without George Eliot’s last novel, Daniel Deronda (1876), “the state of Israel might not exist.” In the novel itself, at any rate, the state of Israel only appears as a hazy hypothesis entertained by its narratorial consciousness from within the confines of an implicit European regionalism predicated on English common sense. In Eliot’s final fiction, Impressions of Theophrastus Such (1879), the sinister anxieties affecting that common sense in the face of a lurid fantasy of judaeo-techno-capitalist “alienism” of its own making bleed back, generating complications of voice and vision, challenging Eliot’s authorship and authority, and straining her text into rhetorical reaction formations indicative of a new crisis in the imagination of human community that all her writing had worked to refine.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1936-9247
Print ISSN
1565-3668
Pages
pp. 17-39
Launched on MUSE
2011-02-09
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.