George Eliot and Schiller: Narrative ambivalence in 'Middlemarch' and 'Felix Holt'

Authors
Citation
D. Guth, George Eliot and Schiller: Narrative ambivalence in 'Middlemarch' and 'Felix Holt', MOD LANG R, 94, 1999, pp. 913-924
Citations number
57
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Language & Linguistics
Journal title
MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW
ISSN journal
0026-7937 → ACNP
Volume
94
Year of publication
1999
Part
4
Pages
913 - 924
Database
ISI
SICI code
0026-7937(199910)94:<913:GEASNA>2.0.ZU;2-#
Abstract
An intertextual study of George Eliot and Schiller, whom she greatly admire d, is offered in this article. It argues that the novels reveal a conflict between Eliot's conscious allegiance to realism and a narrative impulse tow ards the idealism and moral heroism of Schiller's plays, reflected through two distinctive narrative discourses whose unresolved tension explains the anticlimactic endings of the novels. Analysis includes striking similaritie s between Dorothea Brooke and Schiller's Joan of Arc, as between Felix Holt , Wilhelm Tell, and Schiller's political idealist, Marquis Posa in Don Carl os, and examines the implications of plot divergences.