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Of Time as a River

Garrett Stewart

in Novel Violence

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226774589
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226774602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226774602.003.0006
Of Time as a River

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This chapter examines the violence in George Eliot's novel The Mill on the Floss. It suggests that this novel stretches the rhythmic demands of empathy to new rhetorical lengths and Eliot's narratives emerge as an unprecedented testing of the reader's disposition toward the ethical momentum of narrative prose itself. The violence of event in this work is heightened along the track of exuberant, even when brutally freighted, wording.

Keywords: The Mill on the Floss; George Eliot; violence; novel; narrative prose; empathy

Chapter.  21156 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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