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Victorian Sexual Politics and the Unsettling Case of George Eliot’s Response to Whitman
Walt Whitman Quarterly Review (2014)
  • Beverley Park Rilett, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Abstract
·        Rilett, Beverley Park. “Victorian Sexual Politics and the Unsettling Case of George Eliot’s Response to Whitman.” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 31 (Fall 2013/Winter 2014), 69-97. 

[Examines in detail the complex history—involving her domestic situation and the “sexual politics” of the time—of George Eliot’s response to Whitman, from her 1856 Westminster Review notice of the first edition of Leaves of Grass through to her 1876 decision to try to remove a Whitman epigraph from a chapter of her novel Daniel Deronda; attributes “a second review of Whitman’s 1855 Leaves of Grass” to Eliot; and discusses Whitman’s views of Eliot.]
Keywords
  • George Eliot,
  • Walt Whitman,
  • homosexuality,
  • Daniel Deronda,
  • Leaves of Grass,
  • Westminster Review
Disciplines
Publication Date
Winter 2014
Citation Information
Rilett, Beverley Park. “Victorian Sexual Politics and the Unsettling Case of George Eliot’s Response to Whitman.” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 31 (Fall 2013/Winter 2014), 69-97.
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