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This study considers George Eliot's novels in relation to Dante and to nineteenth-century Italian culture during the Italian national revival and shows how these helped shape her fiction. Thompson argues that Eliot was able to draw selectively on a powerful Risorgimento mythology of national regeneration and that her engagement with the work of Dante Alighieri increases steadily in her later novels, where the Divine Comedy becomes a sustaining metaphor for Eliot's meliorist vision and for her theme of moral growth through suffering.
  • ISBN13: 9780333694565
  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Pubilcation Year: 1997
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 00243
Specifications
FormatHardcover
SeriesLiterary, Cultural and Political Influences from Dante to th
Publication DateDecember 15, 1997
Pages243

George Eliot and Italy

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