Date of Award

Fall 1980

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Thale, Jerome

Second Advisor

Boyle, Robert

Third Advisor

Roby, Robert


Despite being an avowed agnostic, George Eliot was able to convince a large portion of her readers that the author of her fiction was a conventional Christian. This dissertation discusses the deceptiveness of George Eliot's rhetoric that allowed her to achieve this goal. The first part of the dissertation deals with George Eliot's "telling" of the religious or supernatural experience, the second with the author's "showing" of that experience. Her use of multiple personae and voice, ambiguity, transvaluation and irony are described as devices to allow her to achieve her dual purpose of not offending either her religious or non religious readers.



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