Fraternal Love: George Eliot and The Mill on the Floss
All You Need is Love – a zoom lecture series with the Johnston Collection.
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”, wrote poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning to her husband Robert. She counted various ways of loving in her famous poem, but her list was far from exhaustive. Writers have examined so many different types of love and literature is full of memorable love stories. This series of talks looks at three types of love – fraternal, secretive and adulterous.
Mary Ann Evans, who became George Eliot, adored her brother Isaac, but when she began to live with a man out of wedlock, Isaac cut her off. In Eliot’s novel, Maggie Tulliver is cleverer, stronger and far more attractive than her brother Tom, but he disdains her faithful sisterly love. Let’s examine this rich novel to see how the author’s own experience shaped this portrayal of family life in 19th century England.
**Link to Zoom meeting will be emailed prior to the lecture. Please see note on your ticket. If you have any concerns please email Kathleen at email@example.com**
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