Category Archives: Oliphant, Margaret

This Week in My Classes

Here’s what my students and I will be reading and talking about this week: 1. English 3032, 19th-Century Novel: We are finishing up Trollope’s The Warden, with a special focus on Trollope’s redefinition of heroism on a small scale and on his interest in the way public questions are always “a conglomeration of private interests.” […]

Searching for Mrs Oliphant…?

I’ve recently noticed that an unexpectedly large number of ‘hits’ on this blog result from Google searches for Margaret Oliphant or one of the two Oliphant novels I’ve posted on (Hester and Miss Marjoribanks). I’m guessing that the explanation is not a surge of interest in Oliphant among internet surfers but rather a dearth of […]

Margaret Oliphant, Hester

I am grateful for having been pointed to Hester by the anonymous responses to my earlier posting on Miss Marjoribanks It’s true: Hester is a better novel, in the depth and interest of its characterization, in the unity and momentum of its plot, and in its treatment of women’s roles and options. Catherine and Hester […]

Margaret Oliphant, Miss Marjoribanks

According to the back cover blurb on my edition of Miss Marjoribanks, Q. D. Leavis hailed its protagonist as the ‘missing link’ between Austen’s Emma and George Eliot’s Dorothea Brooke. I can see the Emma connections much more clearly than the Dorothea ones, except perhaps as, towards the novel’s conclusion, Lucilla rather abruptly decides she’d […]

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