Gillian Beer

Standard Name: Beer, Gillian


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Anthologization Julia Kristeva
First translated into English in Signs in autumn 1981, it was assigned to the final position (in Alice Jardine 's and Harry Blake 's version) in The Feminist Reader: Essays in Gender and the Politics...
Intertextuality and Influence George Eliot
In December 1870 she began writing Miss Brooke, a narrative which became part of Middlemarch as the history of its heroine. Not long after this she thought of combining this story of a daughter...
Literary responses George Eliot
Alison Booth has traced GE 's influence on Virginia Woolf , and several critics have anointed Margaret Drabble as her major successor among contemporary British writers.
Booth, Alison. Greatness Engendered. Cornell University Press.
Blake, Kathleen. “George Eliot: The Critical Heritage”. The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot, edited by George Levine and George Levine, Cambridge University Press, pp. 202-25.
As Gillian Beer notes, GEwas not...
Literary responses Selima Hill
SH says she relies on her unconscious for inspiration: It comes together by itself, if you trust it.
Taylor, Debbie. “Deconstructing creativity”. Mslexia, Vol.
, pp. 9-13.
She says she has been and still is liable to feelings of embarrassment about her work...
Literary responses Sylvia Townsend Warner
With five volumes of Warner's letters in print, Gillian Beer called her one of the most wonderful letter-writers of the twentieth century in English.
Harris, Laurel. “Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Letters to Genevieve Taggard”. PMLA, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 205-20.
Textual Features George Eliot
While there can be no doubt that Dorothea is the heroine of Middlemarch, it is one of the book's major strengths to subsume even the most intensely particular individual life into collective life. The...
Textual Features Virginia Woolf
Several critics have observed the influence of Joseph Conrad in The Voyage Out: in Heart of Darkness (published in 1899) the voyage into the unknown represents a dark and unspeakable self-discovery. The structure of...


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Beer, Gillian. Darwin’s Plots. Ark Paperbacks, 1985.
Beer, Gillian. George Eliot. Indiana University Press, 1986.
Beer, Gillian. “Gillian Beer Interviews Ali Smith”. Ali Smith, edited by Monica Germanà and Emily Horton, Bloomsbury, 2013, pp. 137-53.
Beer, Gillian. Virginia Woolf: the Common Ground. Essays. Edinburgh University Press, 1996.