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

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George Eliot II

Session Chair: 
Mary Bell, University of Arizona
Session 10: Sunday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 7
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  1. Laura B. Williams French, SUNY Empire State College
    This research examines the financial legacy of George Eliot’s writing, concentrating on the symbiotic relationship between the writer and her publisher John Blackwood which enabled the publisher indulge in a variety of projects that contributed to the culture of late Victorian England. 
  2. Sarah Moore, University of Texas, Dallas
    This paper addresses religious resistance to patriarchal control as seen in George Eliot’s depiction of Daniel Deronda’s mother, Princess Alcharisi. By contextualizing Daniel Deronda within gender and religious studies, I argue that Princess Alcharisi’s statements counter patriarchal religious structures, the concept of maternal duty, and Victorian views of women. 
  3. Beatrice Sanford Russell, Princeton University
    Eliot’s humanist aesthetics celebrates art’s power to preserve the past in its “sensuous materiality” as a nurturing influence on the future. Yet in The Legend of Jubal she abandons this humanist tenderness for the past, intimating that by fixing past sensations into artificial form, art constrains rather than flexibly supports future generations. Thus I reveal a radical impasse within Eliot’s ethical theory of aesthetic experience.
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