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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Wendyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-22T18:48:47Z
dc.date.available2014-07-22T18:48:47Z
dc.date.created2012en_US
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifieretd-04102012-142312en_US
dc.identifierumi-10279en_US
dc.identifiercat-001816128en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu:443/handle/116099117/4439
dc.descriptionTitle from dissertation title page (viewed Apr. 27, 2012).en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes abstract.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--Texas Christian University, 2012.en_US
dc.descriptionDepartment of English; advisor, Linda K. Hughes.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionText (electronic thesis) in PDF.en_US
dc.descriptionModern critics discuss George Eliot's fiction at length but largely overlook her poetry, rejecting it as inferior verse or a departure from her artistic aim. When she began writing poetry in earnest, Eliot was already a famous, financially successful novelist. She wrote poetry despite the fact that it would not earn her significant financial gain or public support. Through her poetry, she propagated the value of sympathy and made social commentary on gender issues through a voice of moral and spiritual authority--that of a poetess. This work explores Eliot's poetry and her role as a poetess, prophet, and mother and offers a more complete picture of the author who appeared not only pseudonymously as a man but also as a poetess who used her femininity. Eliot relied on a poetess tradition that was deeply invested in religion and feminine sympathy.^These associations provided Eliot with an already-established platform that allowed her to promote unorthodox religious views while appearing to uphold traditional, domestic values. By assuming the converging roles of poetess, sage, moral leader, and mother to the nation, Eliot commented on social issues, such as the unfairness of societally-prescribed gender roles and the commodification of women in the Victorian marriage market. She spoke out assertively in poems such as "Brother and Sister" and "How Lisa Loved the King" because poetry allowed for a measure of disguise behind feminine expression and within the confined quarters of verse form. By adopting the poetess persona, which carried a sense of traditional religious authority, Eliot also subtly forwarded her belief in the sacredness of sympathetic relationships.^For Eliot, sympathy, not dogma, led to a moral society, and the role of a poet was to heighten the readers' awareness of the salvific power of compassion and guide them toward a better way of living. George Eliot advanced her religion of sympathy by placing herself within the gender-specific and spiritually motivated poetess tradition. With knowledge of the Bible and a firm understanding of society's expectations for female authorship, Eliot consciously participated in a tradition of women poets who relied on feminine piety and poetry to help refine society through compassion and fellow-feeling.en_US
dc.format.mediumFormat: Onlineen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher[Fort Worth, Tex.] : Texas Christian University,en_US
dc.relation.ispartofTexas Christian University dissertationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofUMI thesis.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofTexas Christian University dissertation.en_US
dc.relation.requiresMode of access: World Wide Web.en_US
dc.relation.requiresSystem requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader.en_US
dc.rightsEmbargoed until June 20, 2015: Texas Christian University.
dc.subject.lcshEliot, George, 1819-1880 Criticism and interpretation.en_US
dc.subject.lcshEliot, George, 1819-1880 Poetic works.en_US
dc.subject.lcshEliot, George, 1819-1880 Religion.en_US
dc.subject.lcshSympathy in literature.en_US
dc.subject.lcshEnglish poetry Women authors History and criticism.en_US
dc.subject.lcshFeminist poetry, English History and criticism.en_US
dc.titleArt and the awakening of sympathy [electronic resource] : George Eliot as poetess, prophet, and mother /en_US
dc.title.alternativeGeorge Eliot as poetess, prophet, and motheren_US
dc.typeTexten_US
etd.degree.departmentDepartment of English
etd.degree.levelDoctoral
local.academicunitDepartment of English
local.subjectareaEnglish


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