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'A Counterfeit Presentment': The Duality of Portraiture in the Novels of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy

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Author: Ross, Sarah Catherine
Advisor: Morse, Deborah Denenholz, 1949-
Committee Members: Raitt, Suzanne; Wilson, Brett; Palermo, Charles, 1965-
Issued Date: 7/18/2012
Subjects: George Eliot
Thomas Hardy
Victorian
Middlemarch
Daniel Deronda
Woodlanders
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Portrait
Identity
Frame
Subjectivity
Photography
Painting
Novel
Aesthetics
Vision
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/16782
Description: The Victorians wanted to see. From eye-catching advertisements and newspapers, to new styles of painting and photography, they sought to picture and to frame their world. Novelists too concerned themselves with the problem of presenting the self, and the world, as it really was. Two of the most successful novelists of the century, George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, both tackle this question of vision and identity though in vastly different ways and to crucially different ends. By examining two of each novelist's works, I hope to show how portraiture -- and specifically the duality of portraiture -- illuminates important aspects of each author's oeuvre and helps show how the great popular novels of the mid-1800s become the Modernist works of the twentieth century.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in English


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