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Reading for Our Time 'Adam Bede' and Middlemarch Revisited

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ISBN-10: 0748646698

ISBN-13: 9780748646692

Edition: 2012

Authors: J. Hillis Miller

List price: $70.00
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A masterclass in attentive reading that opens up brilliant insights into two of George Eliot's novels. Can reading Adam Bede and Middlemarch be justified in this time of climate change, financial meltdown and ineffective politicians? J. Hillis Miller shows how, to be read for today, they must be read slowly, closely and carefully, with much attention to linguistic detail and especially to figures of speech. By relating mistakes like Dorothea's about Casaubon to current affairs, Miller's 'readings for today' can help us to come to terms with our human, social and political situation and even inspire us to act to ameliorate it. Key Features: • The product of many years of reading, teaching…    
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Book details

List price: $70.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 3/5/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188

Foreword: Required Reading or "Some of Us, at Least"
Prelude
Acknowledgments
Realism Affirmed and Dismantled in Adam Bede
Adam Bede and Romanticism
Adam Bede as Paradigmatic Realist Novel
Challenges to the Paradigm of Realism in Adam Bede
Four Passages Challenging Mimetic Realism
What Do These Passages Really Say?
The Irony of Mistaken Interpretation in Adam Bede
Hetty Sorrel as Sophist Figure
Adam Bede as a Story about the Reading of Signs and as a Text to be Read
Repetition in Adam Bede
The Community Restored
Reading Middlemarch Right for Today
Totalization Affirmed and Undermined in Middlemarch
Versions of Totalization
Middlemarch as Pseudo-History
Demystification of the Connection of Narrative and History
Totalizing Metaphors in Middlemarch
Middlemarch as Fractal Pattern
Middlemarch as Web
Middlemarch as Stream
Minutiae in Middlemarch
Triumph of Metaphorical Totalization
The Optical Metaphor
Creative Seeing as the Will to Power: The Parable of the Pier-Glass
Human Beings as False Interpreters
Chapter Seventeen of Adam Bede: Truth-Telling Narration
Down with the Art of the Unreal!
The Language of Realism
Performative Undecidability
Returning to Middlemarch: Interpretation as Naming and (Mis)Reading
Interpretation as the Creation of Totalizing Emblems
Money as Metaphor
The Boomerang Effect of the Monetary Metaphor
Money as Universal Measure
The Uses of Art
Conclusions About Metaphor
O Aristotle!
The Roar on the Other Side of Silence
The Ruin of Totalization in a Cascade of Misreadings: A Summary Description of the Ground Gained So Far
Form as Repetition in Unlikeness
A Finale in Which Nothing is Final
Dorothea's Limitless "Yes"
Dorothea as Ariadne
George Eliot's Life and Work as an Uneven Tissue of Ungrounded Repetitions
Coda
Notes
Index