"In Middlemarch, George Eliot draws a character passionately absorbed by abstruse allusion and obscure epigraphs. Casaubon's obsession is a cautionary tale, but Adam Roberts nonetheless sees in him an invitation to take Eliot's use of epigraphy and allusion seriously, and this book is an attempt to do just that. Roberts considers the epigraph as a mirror that refracts the meaning of a text, and that thus carries important resonances for the way Eliot's novels generate their meanings. In this lively and provoking study, he tracks down those allusions and quotations that have hitherto gone unidentified by scholars, examining their relationship to the text in which they sit to unfurl a broader argument about the novel - both this novel, and the novel form itself. Middlemarch: Epigraphs and Mirrors is both a study of George Eliot and a meditation on the textuality of fiction. It is essential reading for specialists and students of George Eliot, the nineteenth century novel, and intertextuality. It will also richly reward anyone who has ever taken pleasure in Middlemarch."--Publisher's website.
Introduction / Adam Roberts 1. Eliot's Double Mirror / Adam Roberts 2. Sappho's Apple / Adam Roberts 3. Lydgate Winces: Character and Realism / Adam Roberts 4. Hypocrisy and the Judgment of Men / Adam Roberts 5. Ladislaw / Adam Roberts 6. Myth, Middlemarch and the Mill: Out in Mid-Sea / Adam Roberts 7. Epigraphy: Beginnings and Ends / Adam Roberts Postscript: The Flute inside the Bell / Adam Roberts Bibliography List of Illustrations Index.
Available through Open Book Publishers. Includes bibliography (pages 137-143) and index.