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    Sympathy - Antipathy in Daniel Deronda

    Burdett, Carolyn (2020) Sympathy - Antipathy in Daniel Deronda. 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (29), ISSN 1755-1560.

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    Abstract

    This essay argues that that, in her final novel, Daniel Deronda, Eliot uses her eponymous protagonist to simultaneously exemplify and problematize the type of sympathy she had championed from the 1850s. Sympathetic affinity in the novel works like original ‘occult’ sympathy, irresistibly connecting non-adjacent things, and matched in its force by sympathy’s original twin, antipathy. This essay investigates the novel’s antipathies, arguing that Eliot eschews meliorism and offers instead a brave glimpse into the obdurate forces of hatred and destructiveness that shadow our best selves.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Carolyn Burdett
    Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2020 12:15
    Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 08:34
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/30908

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