112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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George Eliot I

Session Chair: 
Carroll Savant, University of Texas at Dallas
Session 9: 9:00-10:30am
Marriott Salon II
Topic Area: 


  1. Jeremy Chow, University of California, Santa Barbara
    I address George Eliot's inclusion of reptilian imagery within the characterizations of our central players in Daniel Deronda. This imagery doubles as figurations of vice and narcissism. Even more, through the reptilian characterization, especially in contrast to those non-reptilian, we better come to understand the extent of the human landscape so central to Eliot's works.
  2. Victoria Shinbrot, California State University, Sacramento
    In Daniel Deronda, Gwendolen Harleth’s  experiences of the sublime and her proclivity for risk are closely associated and offer her  unexpected opportunities for moral growth and personal reevaluation. While the predictability of striking the beautiful pose seemingly avoids moral censure, boredom and thwarted desire can lead to moral decay.
  3. Mary Bell, University of Arizona
    Eliot’s treatment of dreams and omens in her novels raises questions about her commitment to realism. However, Eliot’s Spinozan psychodynamics mean that the so-called omens, dreams, and their corresponding dread are not “magical connection[s]” at all, but psychological ones. 
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