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Literary Transmigration

George Eliot, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Spirit of Transatlantic Exchange

Rebecca Soares    Arizona State University    



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: en

Submitted: Sept. 30, 2020   Accepted: Dec. 12, 2020   Published: Dec. 21, 2020  

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/EL/2420-823X/2020/01/008

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