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George Eliot's Spiritual Quest in Silas Marner

Mazaheri, J. H.

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ISBN 10: 1443840955 / ISBN 13: 9781443840958
Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 2012
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: George Eliot's Spiritual Quest in Silas ...

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Based on K. Barth's definition of faith and R. Bultmann's existentialist theology, J. H. Mazaheri has attempted to reveal G. Eliot's profound religious and spiritual quest by focusing only on the short but powerful novel, Silas Marner. The critic believes that her thought in the area of religion and theology has not been appreciated enough by critics, and that a postmodern reading is necessary in order to understand it. So, through a close textual reading, the author shows not only the affinities G. Eliot had with Coleridge and Wordworth, already mentioned by others, but also with Schleiermacher and Kierkegaard. The novelist clearly distinguishes between religion and superstition: if she strongly rejects the latter, she believes in the reality and good aspects of the former. Indeed she demythologizes Christianity in a positive way, and implicity offers a new definition of religion. On the other hand, although she admired and translated Feuerbach's The Essence of Christianity, she differed from him as much as she did from Strauss, whom she also translated. This essay on Silas Marner proposes thus a new approach to G. Eliot's thought, while stressing the qualities of her art, especially in the way she uses allegory, irony, and free indirect speech.

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J. H. Mazaheri (Ph.D., Brown University) is Professor of French at Auburn University (USA), where he has taught since 1989. He has extensively researched on the seventeenth and nineteenth century French Literature. His publications include several monographs on La Bruyere and H. de Balzac, as well as articles on George Eliot. Besides, with a degree from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he has remained an active visual artist.

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