Subject Area: George Eliot
This work contributes original, sometimes surprising readings of these three novels. The detailed textual examination of encounters between Eliot’s characters refresh one’s sense of the complexity and centrality of these moments. The study’s greatest contribution is in its union of the fields of philosophy and ethics with that of literature, using the theories of Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Buber. It also includes a reevaluation of Eliot’s use of Feuerbach, and fresh look at Eliot’s views on morality, duty, sympathy, and imagination.1975 0-7734-0312-4
In this, her last published novel, Eliot used Jewish concerns thematically, symbolically, and character-wise. With few exceptions, there has been little serious analysis of Eliot's knowledge of Judaism and the use to which she put it in her creative work. This study made use of her letters and notebooks to investigate these questions.1978 0-7734-0250-0
Explores in detail the influence of Spinoza's ethical doctrine and the extent to which Eliot incorporated certain aspects of this philosophy into her novels. Eliot translated Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus and Ethica.2003 0-7734-6621-5
This interdisciplinary approach to Eliot’s writings places her within the wider context of debates on racial and cultural differences, furnishing an altered context for scholars to return to her fiction and poetry. It brings together a discussion of her fiction with an account of the activities of Victorian members of groups such as the Anthropological Society, scrutinizing Eliot’s dislike of colonialism and her responses to the Indian Mutiny and the Jamaica rebellion. It also examines Victorian attitudes to Gypsies, Black slaves, Indians, Jews and Turks. The novels are discussed within the context of contemporary theories about race, with reference to Robert Knox, Darwin, Huxley, and the work of social philosophers Comte and Herbert Spencer. It also discusses a range of other writers in relation to Eliot, including J. G. Herder, Harriet Beecher Stowe, the ethnologists J. C. Prichard and Gobineau, and Jewish writers Halevi, Maimonides, and Luria.1997 0-7734-8541-42001 0-7734-7437-4
Eliot, Schreiner, Woolf, and Lessing are among the women writers of the British tradition whose work reveals a debt to Schopenhauer’s theory of the will and his aesthetic concepts.
“In addition to rehabilitating Schopenhauer’s work generally for others to consider, Dr. LeFew-Blake then applied her insights to several women writers whose credentials as feminist thinkers have never been in doubt. This practical application of some fairly abstruse philosophical thinking is indeed a major accomplishment. . . . Dr. LeFew-Blake asks experienced readers of these four authors to reexamine familiar territory, but now to do so with the name and thinking of Arthur Schopenhauer in the forefront of their perceptions. . . . This book is indeed a splendid reconsideration of a hitherto neglected influence on the writings of women during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” – John V. Knapp
“It is certain to provide a substantial, perhaps major contribution to gender studies, women’s fiction, and most likely to arouse feminist interest in the philosopher. . . . The prose is polished and flows with a refreshingly jargon-free clarity and precision. . . . Textual and critical sources are deftly integrated with the author’s own discourse, so that the reader feels comfortably informed.” – Daniel Dervin0 0-7734-0314-0
George Eliot's spelling, punctuation, and accents have been retained. Word-division and hyphenation have been kept, as well as underlining. marginal markings, with other markings and crossed-out by legible material are included in the list of `Omitted Textual Details' following the text.