Be Inspired! George Eliot

Catherine Brown talks about George Eliot, a very large brain. She offers us a brief analysis of Eliot’s intellect, and explains why she sees her as ‘an academic writer’s writer’.

With examples from Eliot’s writing, Catherine helps us see how the author relates to and comments on her time, and we are invited to see the characters in new ways.


At the Be Inspired! event on December 14, 2011, a group of Oxford academics presented a series of short inspirational talks around various writers that inspire. The talks were all recorded and will be published as podcasts as part of the Great Writers Inspire project.

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