English Language and Literature ETDs

Author

Viva Fisk

Publication Date

Summer 6-3-1958

Abstract

Readers and critics of the past have overemphasized George Eliot's loss of belief in the literal truth of Christianity to the extent that they have read her novels as rationalistic attacks on religion. She never denied religious values: her religion broadened to include such concepts as the value of tradition, of values inherited from the past, and of love and understanding as social forces. I turn to the novels to show these attitudes and ideas of George Eliot about religion and tradition precisely because so many commentators have neglected the novels and written only about women.

Degree Name

English

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

English

First Committee Member (Chair)

C.V. Wicker

Second Committee Member

George Ames

Third Committee Member

Norton B. Crowell

Language

English

Keywords

George Eliot, British Literature

Document Type

Thesis

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