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Eliot's Middlemarch by Josie Billington


Eliot's Middlemarch by Josie Billington

Middlemarch is one of the great classic novels of the Victorian age and has also been seen as a key turning point in the history of the genre. George Eliot's novel is widely studied and this guide will provide an introduction to its context, language, themes, criticism and afterlife, leading students to a more sophisticated understanding of the text.It is the ideal guide to reading and studying the novel, setting Middlemarch in its historical, intellectual and cultural contexts, offering analyses of its themes, style and structure, providing exemplary close readings, presenting an up-to-date account of its critical reception. It also discusses the cultural afterlife including film and TV adaptations. It includes points for discussion, suggestions for further study and an annotated guide to relevant reading. Continuum Reader's Guides are clear, concise and accessible introductions to key texts in literature and philosophy. Each book explores the themes, context, criticism and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading, guiding students towards a thorough understanding of the text. They provide an essential, up-to-date resource, ideal for undergraduate students.


The latest in Continuum's excellent series of 'Reader's Guides' ... [a] highly readable and clearly informative book. - Ian Brinton, The Use of English 'An excellent and very thorough explication of the background and contexts, utilizing multiple critical perspectives, to illuminate the genius of one of the greatest of Victorian novels ... [this] book should be on every students shelf.
Professor William Baker, Northern Illinois University, USA


About the Author

Josie Billington is an Honorary Fellow in the English Department at the University of Liverpool, UK.

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Publication date

11th April 2008


Josie Billington

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


144 pages


Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900



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