George Eliot, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Spirit of Transatlantic Exchange
Reading several letters from the eleven-year correspondence alongside Dred and Daniel Deronda, this paper argues that the model of transatlantic spiritual communication presented by Stowe and Eliot’s epistolary friendship takes on a new and potentially radical light when applied to the concept of a transnational and post racial spiritual community. Each text fundamentally challenges the ability of the realist novel to depict a nuanced understanding of racial identity through the use of spiritualist and religious discourse and imagery.
Keywords: George Eliot. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Spiritualism. Mysticism. Transatlantic literature.
Language: enSubmitted: Sept. 30, 2020