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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?

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