Otherness and the Quest For Identity: An Epitome of George Eliot s Novels – Ioana Iacob

Otherness

Otherness and the Quest For Identity: An Epitome of George Eliot s Novels (English Version)
Author: Ioana IACOB 
Lumen Publishing House
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Iasi, Romania 2007
No. pg. 96

                  In the paradigm of the Victorian canon, George Eliot s corpus presents itself as the „voice of a century” that draws the contours of protrusive individuals marked by the difference of  otherness. Being both an epitome of the Victorian literature and a refined prolepsis of the psychoanalytical debate over the individual s self, Eliot s novels remain pillars of the cultural and epistemological society, in which identity involuntarily appears as a biased construct. Thus, a prolegomena of psychological and psychoanalytical framework of the conceptualization of „otherness” and „identity” is firstly performed, in order to set a theoretical starting ground for the further analysis. After such a presentation, the portraits of the distinct typologies of identity are drawn from George Eliot s novels, with a focus on the feminist other, racial different and the socio- political alien of the Victorian society.
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