The Resource Men, mentors, and masculinity in three of George Eliot's novels, by Rebecca Wardell

Men, mentors, and masculinity in three of George Eliot's novels, by Rebecca Wardell

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Men, mentors, and masculinity in three of George Eliot's novels
Title
Men, mentors, and masculinity in three of George Eliot's novels
Statement of responsibility
by Rebecca Wardell
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Critical attention has always been lavished on George Eliot's heroines as unusual, complicated characters who defy stereotypes of feminine behavior. Certain of Eliot's male characters, however, have been relatively ignored. In particular, Philip Wakem of The Mill on the Floss , Will Ladislaw of Middlemarch , and Daniel of Daniel Deronda have been seen as weak links in otherwise strong novels. These characters share the qualities of compassion, sensitivity, and emotional depth, and they often serve as helpmates or moral guides. These characteristics were praised as ideals for women in the nineteenth century, but caused consternation when attributed to male characters. From the time of their inception to the present, these characters have been consistently criticized as effeminate and "unrealistic." I argue that these charges have more to do with Victorian sexual ideology than with the characters themselves. Their negative contemporary reception reveals the desire for a strong English manhood at a time of doubt and change; significantly, during the years these novels appeared (1860-1876) the ideal of English masculinity was shifting from a more androgynous model to one that attempted to expunge all "feminine" qualities. Twentieth and twenty-first century responses, on the other hand, seem to arise from a belief that Victorian gender roles were more rigid than they in fact were or from a desire to fit these characters into current critical paradigms. I argue that these characters are legitimate representations of types of Victorian masculinity and do not violate Eliot's code of realism. More importantly, I show their interest and importance in the novels, including their central relation to Eliot's moral themes
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Also available on the Internet.
Cataloging source
MUU
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1967-
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Wardell, Rebecca
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation year
2002.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Granting institution
University of Missouri-Columbia
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
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  • Mentoring in literature
  • English literature
  • Masculinity in literature
  • Eliot, George
  • Eliot, George
Target audience
specialized
Label
Men, mentors, and masculinity in three of George Eliot's novels, by Rebecca Wardell
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Publication
Note
  • Typescript
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 199-212)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
52598918
Dimensions
29 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
vii, 213 leaves
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Men, mentors, and masculinity in three of George Eliot's novels, by Rebecca Wardell
Publication
Note
  • Typescript
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 199-212)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
52598918
Dimensions
29 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
vii, 213 leaves
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote

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