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Uncovering the Real George Eliot

Clare Carlisle and Kathy O’Shaughnessy

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

4:00pm

1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50

Philosopher Clare Carlisle and novelist Kathy O’Shaughnessy discuss what they have learned about the real George Eliot through their respective work editing a new version of Eliot’s translation of Spinoza’s Ethics and writing a novel based on the author’s life.

Carlisle explains how Marian Evans – later to take the pen name George Eliot for her fiction – completed the first translation of Spinoza’s Ethics into English in 1856 when she was living with the philosopher and critic George Henry Lewes. It was not published because of a disagreement between Lewes and the publisher. Evans soon turned to fiction, and her debut novel Adam Bede was published in 1859. Carlisle looks at Eliot’s interest in Spinoza and its impact on her novels. Carlisle is reader in philosophy and theology at Kings College London and author of Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard.

O’Shaughnessy’s In Love with George Eliot is a reimagining of the life of George Eliot in novel form. Evans is living in sin with Lewes and has shocked private society. Women rarely visit her, but she has begun writing the fiction that will shoot her to fame. This fame changes everything, until Lewes dies and Evans finds herself in danger of shocking the world again. O’Shaughnessy reviews books for national newspapers and has worked as a deputy editor of Literary Review.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese