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Literary Transmigration

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

Rebecca Soares    Arizona State University    

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abstract

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.

Published
Dec. 21, 2020
Accepted
Dec. 12, 2020
Submitted
Sept. 30, 2020
Language
EN