Catherine Brown

George Eliot 1: Intellect and Consciousness

March 2014

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This lecture notes the power and range of Eliot’s intellect, and her changing attitudes to the proper function and remit of the intellect and consciousness. It focuses primarily on Eliot’s atypical novella ‘The Lifted Veil’ and her novel Middlemarch, and suggests that Eliot’s use of the vocabulary of consciousness, which was not made popular until after her death, demonstrates that Eliot accepted a modern understanding of brain function.


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