George Eliot's Middlemarch
Week 2: July 12-18, 2015
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The Walter and Susan Schenker Course in the Humanities/Creative Arts
Virginia Woolf famously called George Eliot's Middlemarch (1872) "one of the few English books written for grown-up people."
This extraordinary novel embraces both the "universality" of a cosmopolitan European perspective and an intense provincial complacency. As Eliot tries to capture an entire society in the course of its evolution, her heroine Dorothea—deeply disappointed in her marriage to the self-absorbed Casaubon—mirrors many of these large transitional forces of history.
In the tumultuous period in which Middlemarch is set, and in the one in which Eliot penned the novel, a recognizable globalized world was emerging. In fact, in Eliot's dominant metaphor for connection—"the web"—we may find that Middlemarch speaks to our contemporary experience in unexpected ways.
In lively discussion with CAU favorite David Faulkner, we will attempt to grasp this novel in the context of its expansive mid-Victorian moment and of Eliot's remarkable and defiant life.
David Faulkner joined the Cornell faculty as a senior lecturer in the Department of English in 2007. He teaches in the first-year writing program, including the Writing Workshop. He has also taught writing and literature at Princeton University, Tompkins Cortland... > more
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