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The Mill on the Floss and the Revision of Tragedy

  • K. M. Newton
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Abstract

Many critics have seen Eliot as a tragic novelist, especially in The Mill on the Floss. Though the tragic is an essential concept for Eliot, to be sustainable in the modern post-Darwin era it is argued that she believes it must be revised and even democratized. Time is a crucial element in the novel’s revisionary concept of the tragic. Negative criticism of the Mill has been so sustained because that has not been sufficiently taken into account in previous criticism. How the Mill’s revisionary concept of tragedy is played out both philosophically and artistically is explored through a detailed analysis of the central relationships in the text.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. M. Newton
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  1. 1.University of DundeeDundeeUK

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