The Sensory Citizen-Witness: Liturgies of Torture in Mid-Victorian Martyrological Novels
Anderson, Katherine Judith
Journal article that situates Romola in the context of martyrological novels of the mid-Victorian period. I argue that these novels provide a sensory liturgy of torture that enlists readerly devotion primarily through the embodied act of reading. In Romola, being a good citizen comes before being a good religious believer, and Eliot underlines the relationship between sensory witnessing and good citizenship in Romola's relationship with Savonarola and his subsequent torture and execution.
Katherine Judith Anderson, “The Sensory Citizen-Witness: Liturgies of Torture in Mid-Victorian Martyrological Novels,” George Eliot Scholars, accessed February 25, 2021, https://georgeeliotscholars.org/items/show/306.