Ethical Discord and Resolution in George Eliot's Essays
DOI: 10.1080/0144035042000253827
Title: Ethical Discord and Resolution in George Eliot's Essays
Journal Title: Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism
Volume: Volume 25
Issue: Issue 3
Publication Date: December 2002
Start Page: 58
End Page: 81
Published online: 25 Jan 2007
ISSN: 0144-0357
Author: David Goslee*
Abstract: In their effort to salvage Christian morality while jettisoning Christian theology, Eliot's Westminster Review essays vacillate between the “is” of dispassionate social science and the “ought” of impassioned social reform. Yet these same essays also intimate a secular faith centered in her reviewing persona and in several female figures. Graced with synthesizing, reconciling powers by a tradition still fraught with cultural values, these figures and voices feel no need to compensate for a disenchanted universe. Later they will come to speak through two of Eliot's most sympathetic heroines.

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