The Reception of George Eliot in Europe

The Reception of George Eliot in Europe (forthcoming London and New York: Continuum 2014) will trace the history of reception of Eliot’s works in fifteen European countries, using the work of contributors from each. It is part of the British Academy-funded European Critical Traditions: The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe Research Project. At this time of political uncertainty concerning Britain’s relationship with Europe, examination of Anglo-European cultural relations have assumed particular importance. By ‘authors’ is meant writers in humanistic disciplines whose works have contributed to intellectual and cultural history; the project also illuminates the modes by which ideas and texts are disseminated, and therefore brings together two trends in post-war literary theory: reader response and reception studies, and the history of the book. The Project’s publications take the form of an open-ended, multi-volume series, The Athlone Critical Traditions: The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe (please see for details). Each book gives an overview of the European reception of a particular author, covering publication and dissemination, translations, reviews, critical works, biographies, and correspondence and personal contacts. The Project’s database contains all the bibliographies of the volumes published so far in the Series, and is updated continually. The latest volume is The Reception of Oscar Wilde in Europe (2010); publication of The Reception of George Eliot in Europe is projected for 2013. It is planned that this volume will give proper attention to the role of George Henry Lewes, whose work also opened European doors to them both , and facilitated their friendships with European writers in exile (such as Turgenev). The volume will contain chapters concerning Eliot’s reception in the following countries: Germany (East and West), Sweden, Norway, the Low Countries, the Czech lands, Hungary, Romania, France, Italy, Catalonia, Spain, Bulgaria and Russia.

More Info: Co-editor with Elinor Shaffer

Publisher: Continuum

Publication Date: 2014