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January 27, 2013

Questions for week 4

Gwendolyn Harleth (BBC, 2002)

Apologies that these were not posted sooner this week - please take as a guide for what we'll be covering in tomorrow's seminars, but don't worry if you don't have time to prepare.

  • F.R. Leavis famously claimed that Daniel Deronda is a novel of two halves: a "bad" half in its story of Daniel, and a "great" novel in the story of Gwendolyn; meanwhile George Eliot stated that she "meant everything in the book to be related to everything else there". How do you interpret Leavis's statement? What is the relationship between the two narratives, and would Gwendolyn's story be "great" without Deronda's?
  • What ideas around nation, national community and national place does the novel raise?
  • Europe is prominent throughout Eliot's work and she travelled to the continent many times. What ideas around European community does the novel raise?

December 16, 2012

19th Century vacation viewing

I mentioned in the last week of classes that a BBC adaptation of Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone is coming up over the vacation but I can't find any further information on this and it looks as though it may have been delayed until 2013.

In the meantime, there are plenty of other very good adaptations for the texts of the next unit. The 2005 Bleak Housewith Anna Maxwell Martin as Esther and Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock is an excellent watch, managing to capture much of the novel's complexity over 15 episodes. On the University of Warwick's Celebrating Dickens website you can hear screenwriter Andrew Davies talking to Jon Mee about the making of Bleak House; there are also a number of other podcasts on Bleak House and Victorian Britain which might be of interest.

The BBC's Daniel Deronda is also very good. Ones that I have yet to watch, but which come highly recommended from colleagues, include this Moonstone and Jude.

If you've watched any adaptations that you'd recommend then do share in the comments.


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