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Spirit Becomes Matter: The Brontes, George Eliot, Nietzsche

Henry Staten


This book explains how, under the influence of the new “mental materialism” that held sway in mid-Victorian scientific and medical thought, the Brontës and George Eliot in their greatest novels broached a radical new form of novelistic moral psychology, one that was no longer bound by the idealizing presuppositions of traditional Christian moral ideology, and which is closely related to Nietzsche’s physiological theory of will to power (itself directly influenced by Herbert Spencer). On this reading, the Brontës and George Eliot participate, with Flaubert, Baudelaire, and Nietzsche, in the be ... More

Keywords: Brontë, George Eliot, Nietzsche, physio-psychology, moral psychology, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748694587
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694587.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Staten, author
University of Washington