Science, Sinners and Saints: George Eliot’s Middlemarch
High at the top of the list of the most important novels of the 19th century, George Eliot’s Middlemarch weaves a web of intrigue and relationships, charting the course of a community of people as they navigate the banal and extraordinary events which shaped the lives of women and men in Victorian England. What happens when an aspiring scientist marries the town beauty only to discover she cares more about money than microscopes? What happens when a 19th century woman with remarkable intellectual drive marries the town sage only to discover that his “key to all mythology” is less a path to the life of the mind than to a tomb?
In this course we will trace the range of Eliot’s exceptional study of a provincial community in the throes of transformation, asking as we do questions about gender, science, money, love and the possibilities for sublimity that exist in our daily lives.
Dates: Tuesdays, September 24, October 1, 8, 22, 29, November 5
Weinberg Memorial Library, Rm 305, 6-7:15
Denise Fulbrook, Adjunct Faculty, English and Theater Department