Article on George Eliot’s Sympathy, Ethics, and Atheism in LA Review of Books

Oct 9, 2012 | Random

Look No More Backward: George Eliot and Atheism by Rohan Maitzen. She’s an English associate professor who teaches at Dalhousie and blogs at Novel Readings.

Good stuff. Gooood stuff. The article includes my favourite quote from “The Natural History of German Life” about sympathy. I keep coming back to sympathy again and again in thinking about aesthetics and ethics. E.g., me reading Derek Attridge, The Singularity of Literature: “So… art is… this… Event, and both the creation and reading of a literary work is this encounter with alterity… with an other and so that means… Oh! He’s talking about sympathy. Yeah, okay.”