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The Mill on the Floss: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, and Contemporary Reactions Criticism (Norton Critical Edition)

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The text of , that of the 1862 third edition for which Eliot made her last revisions, has been annotated in order to assist the reader with obscure references and allusions. "Backgrounds" includes fifteen letters from the 1859-69 period centering on the novel's content and composition; "Brother and Sister" (1869), a little-known sonnet sequence; and eight Victorian reviews and responses, both published and unpublished, on the novel, including those by Henry James, Algernon Charles Swinurne, and John Ruskin. Judiciously chosen from the wealth of essays on published in this century,  "Criticism" includes ten of the best studies of the novel, providing the reader with historical and critical perspective. The contributors are Leslie Stephen, Virginia Woolf, F. R. Leavis, George Levine, Ulrich Knoepflmacher, Philip Fisher, Mary Jacobus, John Kucich, Margaret Homans, and Deirdre David. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

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The best-known and most autobiographical of George Eliot's novels is now available as a Norton Critical Edition.

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Rebellious and affectionate, Maggie Tulliver is always in trouble. Recalling her own experiences as a girl, George Eliot describes Maggie's turbulent childhood with a sympathetic engagement that makes the early chapters of The Mill on the Floss among the most immediately attractive she ever wrote. As Maggie approaches adulthood, her spirited temperament brings her into conflict with her family, her community, and her much-loved brother Tom. Still more painfully, she finds her own nature divided between the claims of moral responsibility and her passionate hunger for self-fulfillment. George Eliot's searching exploration of Maggie's complex dilemma has made this one of the most enduringly popular of her works.

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Carol T. Christ (Ph.D. Yale) is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley, and President of Smith College. She is the author of The Finer Optic: The Aesthetic of Particularity and Victorian Poetry and Victorian and Modern Poetics and editor of the Norton Critical Edition of The Mill on the Floss and, with John Jordan, Victorian Literature and the Victorian Visual Imagination. She is the recipient of an NEH Fellowship and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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ARNIKA MEHTA, January 5, 2008 (view all comments by ARNIKA MEHTA)
The tragedy of the novel is the innocence of Maggie which can be established by death.This can be proved with the myth used to hint the death of Maggie. "The trial of Hetty, wherein an old lady has to die to prove that she is pure. The ordeal deals with a very unfair choice which says that if the lady swims, she is a witch and if she drowns, she is innocent. In either of the cases the battle is lost and she has to die." This can be linked to Maggie as she also has to die to prove her chastity after returning from the elopement with Stephen. In other words, she is compared to the witch who when noticed, becomes exiled.
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ARNIKA MEHTA, January 5, 2008 (view all comments by ARNIKA MEHTA)
The only expression for the intelligent female self is the renunciation of that self.
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Maggie is born and died as a victim of chance.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393963328
Editor:
Christ, Carol T.
Author:
Christ, Carol T.
Author:
Eliot, George
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
England
Subject:
British and irish
Subject:
Eliot, george, 1819-1880
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Brothers and sisters -- England -- Fiction.
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 613.
Series:
Norton Critical Edition
Series Volume:
0000
Publication Date:
19931131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.2 x 1.2 in 1.275 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The best-known and most autobiographical of George Eliot's novels is now available as a Norton Critical Edition.
"Synopsis" by , Rebellious and affectionate, Maggie Tulliver is always in trouble. Recalling her own experiences as a girl, George Eliot describes Maggie's turbulent childhood with a sympathetic engagement that makes the early chapters of The Mill on the Floss among the most immediately attractive she ever wrote. As Maggie approaches adulthood, her spirited temperament brings her into conflict with her family, her community, and her much-loved brother Tom. Still more painfully, she finds her own nature divided between the claims of moral responsibility and her passionate hunger for self-fulfillment. George Eliot's searching exploration of Maggie's complex dilemma has made this one of the most enduringly popular of her works.
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