"Books with more in them" : reading and imagination in the novels of George Eliot.

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dc.contributor.advisor Vitanza, Dianna M. Assink, Jessica L. 2012-05
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the connections between reading and the imagination in George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda. The ideal imagination, for Eliot, is both sympathetic and reality-infused, which is a result of her continuous attention to sympathy and realism in her fiction and nonfiction. Although Eliot’s characters struggle to implement this ideal imagination, they learn, through their reading and their experiences, how to use their imaginations to connect with others and to live with an awareness of their circumstances. Through the lives of Maggie Tulliver, Dorothea Brooke, and Daniel Deronda, Eliot encourages reading as a way to extend experience and imagination as a tool to make well-informed, conscientious decisions. en_US
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dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Imagination. en_US
dc.subject Reading. en_US
dc.subject Eliot, George. en_US
dc.title "Books with more in them" : reading and imagination in the novels of George Eliot. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.A. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Access changed 1/13/14.
dc.contributor.department English. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Dept. of English. en_US

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