© 2019

George Eliot

Interdisciplinary Essays

  • Jean Arnold
  • Lila Marz Harper

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jean Arnold, Lila Marz Harper, Thomas Pinney
    Pages 1-15
  3. Periodical Studies and History of the Book

  4. Eliot’s Research Methodology

  5. Eliot and Victorian Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Jean Arnold
      Pages 119-137
    3. Peter J. Capuano
      Pages 165-193
  6. Animals and Environmental Studies

  7. Gender Studies and Feminism

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 299-330

About this book


This collection brings together new articles by leading scholars who reappraise George Eliot in her bicentenary year as an interdisciplinary thinker and writer for our times. Here, researchers, students, teachers and the general public gain access to new perspectives on Eliot’s vast interests and knowledge, informed by the nineteenth-century British culture in which she lived.  Examining Eliot’s wide-ranging engagement with Victorian historical research, periodicals, poetry, mythology, natural history, realism, the body, gender relations, and animal studies, these essays construct an exciting new interdisciplinary agenda for future Eliot studies.


Natural History Egyptian Mythology Social Reform Felix Holt French Revolution Biological Theory Liberal Citizenship

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Arnold
    • 1
  • Lila Marz Harper
    • 2
  1. 1.California State University, San BernardinoSan BernardinoUSA
  2. 2.Central Washington UniversityEllensburgUSA

About the editors

Jean Arnold taught in the Department of English at California State University, San Bernardino, California and at Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA.  She is author of Victorian Jewelry, Identity, and the Novel: Prisms of Culture (2011).

Lila Marz Harper is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Central Washington University, USA and Thesis Editor for the Graduate School.  She is author of Solitary Travelers: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Travel Narratives and the Scientific Vocation (2001). She edited the Broadview edition of Edwin Abbott's Flatland (2009) and is a Distinguished Bibliographic Indexer and Section Head for the MLA International Bibliography.

Bibliographic information


“This collection provides many thought-provoking avenues for future Eliot research, especially in its insights into Eliot’s engagement with the periodical press. … Nevertheless, everyone from new readers of Eliot to established scholars will have much to learn from this collection.” (Michael Martel, Victorian Periodicals Review, Vol. 53 (2), 2020)