George Eliot’s serious readers have been intrigued by the fact that she declared that she had lost her faith in God and had renounced her hope for a traditional Christian heaven and yet she continued to preach her own version of morality in everything she wrote, to hope for an immortality which allowed her to join an invisible choir which would influence generations to come, and to be concerned about the moral growth of her characters. This is only one of the many compelling contradictions in her life and in her artistry.

This volume aims to investigate Eliot’s ethical and artistic principles by defining her moral aesthetic as it relates to her self-concept and exploring Eliot’s narrative decisions and the decisions made by her characters and the circumstances which prompt those choices. Dr. Fulmer includes chapters on her clerical figures and other types of individuals such as musicians, and politicians. Dr. Fulmer also illuminates the paradoxes and contradictions in George Eliot’s life and in her philosophy by focusing on Eliot's use of animals, mirrors, windows, jewelry, wills and other tangible images in her poetry as well as her novels.

George Eliot’s Moral Aesthetic contends that everything about her moral philosophy is related to her writing and that everything about her writing is related to her moral philosophy.

chapter |4 pages


Definition of George Eliot’s Moral Aesthetic

chapter 2|18 pages

The Word Made Flesh

chapter 3|17 pages

Self-Concept, Music, and Art

chapter 4|14 pages

Paradigms of Moral Atrophy and Growth

chapter 5|13 pages

Chosen by Hereditary Forces to be Other

chapter 6|13 pages

Contrasting Pairs, Mirrors, and Windows

chapter 7|12 pages

Family Relationships and Jewelry

chapter 8|15 pages

Collectors and Collections of Clerics

chapter 9|13 pages

Political Reformers

chapter 10|15 pages

Scenes Involving Animals

chapter 11|12 pages

Sacramental Scenes

chapter 12|13 pages

Wills and Inheritance

chapter 13|10 pages

Forgiveness and the Law of Love