Date of Award

1-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English

First Advisor

Eleanor McNees

Second Advisor

Darrin Hicks

Keywords

Eliot, Narratology, Psychoanalytics, Sociology, Spencer, Victorian

Abstract

Through the novel Middlemarch, George Eliot fulfills the intention of her subtitle and uses sociological theories to conduct A Study of Provincial Life. Eliotâ??s letters, journals, and various essays provide evidence of sociologist Herbert Spencerâ??s influence on her own writings. Spencerâ??s specific opinions and contributions not only strengthen the sociological message of Eliotâ??s novel, but a handful of his ideals shape the narrative voice of her novel. Variations of Spencerâ??s theories are seen in Eliotâ??s â??authorial narratorâ??sâ?? comments and observations of the Middlemarch couples. With her narrator, Eliot applies Spencerâ??s theories on â??beliefâ?? and on the correlation of an individualâ??s worldview to his or her society. Furthermore, Eliot creates an emotionally-based connection between her narrator and her readers which allows her to lead her audience through her sociological study and ensures her authorial narratorâ??s voice provides reliable expertise on the provincial life of Middlemarch.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Kellie Marie McKinney

File size

97 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Literature, Sociology, Social psychology

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