George Eliot Memorial Lecture, 1999: "'What Can I Do?' George Eliot, Her Reader and the Task of the Narrator in Middlemarch"
Middlemarch is widely recognized as being one of the most strenuously narrated novels in English literature. Many of the most moving, and most quoted, lines of the novel are the prod-uct of direct narrational intervention and the reader is aware of the surrounding, solicitous presence of the author-narrator throughout the…
2000: 31, 13-26