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The George Eliot Review 47 (2016)


Published by The George Eliot Review Online https://GeorgeEliotReview.org


Barbara Hardy was a well-known figure among French Victorianists, probably because she had written on three at least of the major novelists of the period, Dickens, Thackeray and George Eliot, not to forget Thomas Hardy and a few others.

As far as I am concerned, when I started researching on George Eliot in the early seventies, I found her book The Novels of George Eliot: A Study in Form particularly inspiring. At that time, most critical studies dealing with George Eliot were either concerned with the problem of realism or with a purely moral approach. The notion of form, which was so central in her book, seemed very promising, particularly when the Victorian novel was easily rejected because of its supposed formlessness.