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dc.contributor.author Walford Davies, Damian
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-11T15:04:39Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-11T15:04:39Z
dc.date.issued 2008-11-11
dc.identifier.citation Walford Davies , D 2008 , ' The Politics of Allusion: Caleb Williams, The Iron Chest, Middlemarch and the Armoire de Fer ' Review of English Studies. 53(212) , pp. 526-543 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0034-6551
dc.identifier.other PURE: 92460
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1025
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1025
dc.description Walford Davies, D. (2002). The Politics of Allusion: Caleb Williams, The Iron Chest, Middlemarch and the Armoire de Fer. Review of English Studies. 53(212), pp.526-543 en
dc.description.abstract This article analyses the haunting presence in works by William Godwin, George Colman the younger, and George Eliot of the famous armoire de fer (iron chest) episode of the French Revolution. While its place in Godwin's Caleb Williams (1794) and in Colman's dramatization of Godwin's novel, The Iron Chest (1796), has been acknowledged, no critic has commented on its resonance in Middlemarch (1871¿2), in which it is rehearsed and rewritten. A consideration of the iconography of a contemporary print of the opening of the iron chest, and of allusion and allegory in Godwin's and Colman's texts, is followed by a look at the workings of the ¿Web of Allusion¿ in Middlemarch and George Eliot's and G. H. Lewes's interest in the careers of Godwin and Wollstonecraft. A discussion of the fascination in Eliot's novel¿and in Victorian fiction generally¿with the horrors of secrecy and the threat of blackmail leads to a focus on one of the pivotal scenes of Middlemarch which, it is argued, encodes references to the armoire de fer episode, the satirical print, and Caleb Williams. The significance of such allusiveness within the context of Eliot's ¿Study of Provincial Life¿ is deepened as the article foregrounds the Bulstrode narrative of Middlemarch, in which suggestive references to Caleb Williams are again inscribed. Finally, the correlation between these narratives of secrecy and disclosure and Eliot's narrative technique (emphatically that of Psychological ¿prying¿ and ¿revelation¿) is discussed. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Review of English Studies. 53(212) en
dc.title The Politics of Allusion: Caleb Williams, The Iron Chest, Middlemarch and the Armoire de Fer en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Department of English and Creative Writing en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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