THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Middlemarch
By George Eliot

An academic article by Jonathan Farina of Seton Hall University asserting that Mr Brooke's comic idioms can be viewed as a paradigm for the style in Middlemarch.
An essay by Clifford J. Marks, an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming discussing Eliot's representation of ethics in Middlemarch, with reference to Spinoza and the work of the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas.
An academic article by Ignês Sodré exploring thematic links between the characters of Dorothea Brooke from Middlemarch and Maggie Tulliver from The Mill on the Floss.
An essay by Matthew Beaumont, University College London, challenging criticism of Middlemarch and Adam Bede where the works are considered to be traditional realist, the essay looks at two particular scenes from the novels.
An essay by Shu-chuan Chou which surveys various critical assessments of Dorothea's marriage to Will Ladislaw, referencing Julia Kristeva's theory of the dynamic interaction between semiotic and symbolic forces.
A chapter from Nerves and Narratives: A Cultural History of Hysteria in 19th-Century British Prose by Peter Melville Logan, claiming that Middlemarch "represents medicine's uncertain relationship with bodies as objects of knowledge".
In this essay Bernard J. Paris, emeritus professor at the University of Florida, presents a reading of Dorothea Brooke's character, with reference to the theories of the German psychoanalyst Karen Horney.
In this essay James Luberda of the University of Connecticut uses the social psychology concept of 'positioning theory' in a reading of Middlemarch, with analysis of several excerpts from the text.
A substantial essay from The Victorian Web about the use of science in the novel.