The Resource The Jewish odyssey of George Eliot, Gertrude Himmelfarb, (electronic resource)

The Jewish odyssey of George Eliot, Gertrude Himmelfarb, (electronic resource)

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The Jewish odyssey of George Eliot
Title
The Jewish odyssey of George Eliot
Statement of responsibility
Gertrude Himmelfarb
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Language
eng
Summary
It is one of the curiosities of history that the most remarkable novel about Jews and Judaism, predicting the establishment of the Jewish state, should have been written in 1876 by a non-Jew a Victorian woman and a formidable intellectual, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest of English novelists. And it is still more curious that Daniel Deronda, George Eliot's last novel, should have been dismissed, by many of her admirers at the time and by some critics since, as something of an anomaly, an inexplicable and unfortunate turn in her life and work. Yet Eliot herself was passionately committed to that novel, having prepared herself for it by an extraordinary feat of scholarly research in five languages (including Hebrew), exploring the ancient, medieval, and modern sources of Jewish history. Three years later, to reinforce that commitment, she wrote an essay, the very last of her writing, reaffirming the heritage of the Jewish nation and the desirability of a Jewish state this well before the founders of Zionism had conceived of that mission. Why did this Victorian novelist, born a Christian and an early convert to agnosticism, write a book so respectful of Judaism and so prescient about Zionism? And why at a time when there were no pogroms or persecutions to provoke her? What was the general conception of the Jewish question, and how did Eliot reinterpret that question, for her time as well as ours? Gertrude Himmelfarb, a leading Victorian scholar, has undertaken to unravel the mysteries of Daniel Deronda. And the mysteries of Eliot herself: a novelist who deliberately wrote a book she knew would bewilder many of her readers, a distinguished woman who opposed the enfranchisement of women, a moralist who flouted the most venerable of marital conventions above all, the author of a novel that is still an inspiration or provocation to readers and critics alike
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Midwest
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Himmelfarb, Gertrude
Dewey number
823/.8
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Eliot, George
  • Eliot, George
  • Eliot, George
  • Zionism in literature
  • Judaism in literature
  • Jews in literature
  • Electronic books
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adult
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The Jewish odyssey of George Eliot, Gertrude Himmelfarb, (electronic resource)
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https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11820930
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multicolored
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MWT11820930
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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MWT11820930
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remote
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11820930
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The Jewish odyssey of George Eliot, Gertrude Himmelfarb, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11820930
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11820930
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Publisher number
MWT11820930
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11820930
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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