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Semmel, an outstanding historian at City University of New York, here enters the field of literary criticism with considerable success. The George Eliot he presents emerges as less of a liberal than we are used to--not a Positivist so much as a Burkean conservative whose primary concern in her mature fiction was preserving the English identity by celebrating its cultural and social heritage in the face of the bewildering changes which were transforming 19th-century English life. Where Suzanne Graver had argued in George Eliot and Community (CH, Oct'84) that Eliot sought to create a new community through her readers, Semmel's point is more that, for Eliot, this community already existed. Good notes and index. Recommended for academic collections, lower-division undergraduate through faculty.
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