George Eliot and Italy

Literary, Cultural and Political Influences from Dante to the Risorgimento

  • Andrew Thompson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Andrew Thompson
    Pages 1-5
  3. Andrew Thompson
    Pages 68-83
  4. Andrew Thompson
    Pages 84-97
  5. Andrew Thompson
    Pages 120-144
  6. Andrew Thompson
    Pages 161-172
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 196-243

About this book


This study considers George Eliot's novels in relation to Dante and to nineteenth-century Italian culture during the Italian national revival and shows how these helped shape her fiction. Thompson argues that Eliot was able to draw selectively on a powerful Risorgimento mythology of national regeneration and that her engagement with the work of Dante Alighieri increases steadily in her later novels, where the Divine Comedy becomes a sustaining metaphor for Eliot's meliorist vision and for her theme of moral growth through suffering.


culture fiction George Eliot Italy novel poetry

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew Thompson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GenoaItaly

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