- This video provides a particularly casual and easy to understand overview of the life of George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans), and the ways in which it links to Silas Marner. I found this source to be useful in noting key contextual themes, from which I could begin my own investigative research.
This Article from the New Yorker provides a personal and opinionated account of George Eliot’s life, with some reflection on a number of her novels, including Silas Marner. Skip the first 9 paragraphs in which the author describes her love of ‘Middlemarch’…the first time she picked up the book.. etc etc. After this lengthy dedication, however, you will find the meaty information with interesting arguments both for and against Eliot’s writing.
“In ordinary lives, Eliot perceived human nature’s ‘deep pathos, its sublime mysteries.’”
The Victorian Web is an academic website which simplifies a network of complex connections linked to Eliot’s Work. The site compacts key elements of influence into a useful map, which, when clicked on, will lead you to pages of brief points and references.
Silas Marner Resources:
An interesting perspective as Professor John Mullan explores how George Eliot draws on fairytale elements in her self-described ‘realistic treatment’ of a pre-industrial weaver and his work.
David Constantine provides a brief review of Silas Marner, with an overview of the plot and key themes
An opinionated and thoughtful podcast from the BBC. Melvyn Bragg and guests Rosemary Ashton from University College London, Dinah Birch from Liverpool University and Valentine Cunningham from Oxford University discuss Eliot’s novel Silas Marner; focusing on Eliot’s moral view and deep social convictions.
This could be a great teaching resource, but also an excellent study tool for visual learners
Refresh your memory:
Here you can watch the 1985 film adaptation ‘Silas Marner: The Weaver of Ravenloe’ by Giles Foster on youtube.