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Postcolonial George Eliot


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This book examines the range of the colonial imaginary in Eliot’s works, from the domestic and regional to ancient and speculative colonialisms. It challenges monolithic, hegemonic views of George Eliot — whose novelistic career paralleled the creation of British India — and also dismissals of the postcolonial as ahistorical. It uncovers often-overlooked colonized figures in the novels. It also investigates Victorian Islamophobia in light of Eliot’s impatience with ignorance, intolerance, and xenophobia as well as her interrogation of the make-believe of endings. Drawing on a range of sources from Eugène Bodichon’s Algerian anthropological texts, the Persian journals of John Martyn, and postmodern re-engagements, Postcolonial George Eliot has implications for an understanding of the globalization of English, the decolonization of disciplinarity and periodization, and the roots of present-day conflict in the wider Mediterranean world.


British Empire Victorian Colonialism Novelist Anthropology Islamophobia Imperialism Natural History

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of British Columbia, OkanaganKelownaCanada

About the authors

Oliver Lovesey is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Canada. He has authored a number of monographs on George Eliot and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, and edited Victorian Social Activists’ Novels, The Mill on the Floss, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ngũgĩ, and a Popular Music and Society special issue: 'Popular Music and the Postcolonial'.

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