Culture, Media and Communication
School of Arts, Communication and Humanities, University of Surrey, Guildford UK

Culture, Media and Communication   Students photo

Dr. Gerlinde Röder-Bolton

Senior Lecturer in German Language and Area Studies

BA Honours English and German Literature. (Royal Holloway , University of London)
PhD. (London)
Honorary Research Associate, Centre of Victorian Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London

Research Interests



George Eliot in Germany, 1854-55: "Cherished Memories" (Ashgate, 2006) ISBN 07546 5054 5.
From 1854 to 1855, George Eliot spent eight months in Germany, a period that marked the start of her life with George Lewes. In her meticulously documented and engaging book, Gerlinde Röder-Bolton draws on Eliot's own writings, as well as on extensive original research in German archives and libraries, to provide the most thorough account yet published of the couple's visit.

George Eliot and Goethe: An Elective Affinity (Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1998), 1-290. ISBN 90 420 0359 6.

Reviewed in:

  • The Times Literary Supplement, June 19 (1998).
    'An excellent discussion on Faust and Daniel Deronda' (Rosemary Ashton).

  • Germanistik, 40.1 (1999), 87.
    'Immer wieder sind die Vergleiche überzeugend und aufschlussreich' (Martin Swales).

  • Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée, 26.2 (1999), 370-374.
    'The extended critical discussion of the two writers' works is consistently illuminating' (Eugene Stelzig).

  • The George Eliot Review, 30 (1999), 67-68.

  • George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies, 38/39 (2000), 99-101
    'Contains some fascinating, close textual scrutiny' (Tony McCobb).

  • George Eliot and Goethe: An Elective Affinity has being translated into Japanese to be published as three separate volumes.

    Chapters in Books

    'Goethe, Kleist und Heine: der kulturelle Austausch mit George Henry Lewes und Marian Evans (George Eliot)' to be published in Almanach der Varnhagen Gesellschaft, 4 (Berlin, 2006).

    'A remarkably accomplished woman' - Marian Evans (George Eliot) und Henriette Solmar', to be published in Almanach der Varnhagen Gesellschaft, 3 (Berlin, 2006).

    'Tragedy and The Mill on the Floss' in Maria Tang, ed., Lectures d'une oeuvre: The Mill on the Floss de George Eliot, (Nantes: Editions du temps, 2002), 91-106.

    'The Reception of Goethe in 19th-Century Britain' in Franz Bosbach, ed., Prinz Albert und die Entwicklung der Bildung in England und Deutschland im 19. Jahrhundert, (Munich: K.G. Saur, 2000), 213-24.

    'German Influences in The Mill on the Floss' in Neil Thomas, ed. Celtic and Germanic Themes in European Literature (Lewiston/ Queenston/Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1993), 109-19.

    Articles in Refereed Journals

    "The Emptiness of All Things under Heaven" - Joseph Conrad and Brigitte Kronauer's Berittener Bogenschütze', under consideration for publication.

    "An Independent Young Woman with an Extraordinary Mind": Rahel Levin, Her Salon and Its Afterlife', under consideration for publication.

    'Recollections of Germany: George Eliot's Foreign Travel Writing', under consideration for publication.

    'Two Unpublished George Eliot Letters', George Eliot - George Henry Lewes Studies, 42/43 (2002), 93-99.

    '"A Binding History, Tragic and yet Glorious" - George Eliot and the Jewish Element in Daniel Deronda', English, vol. 49, no. 195 (2000), 205-27.

    '"Where the Mighty Jupiter Walked ...": George Eliot and G.H. Lewes in Weimar', George Eliot - George Henry Lewes Studies, 38/39 (2000), 44-60.

    'George Eliot's Weimar', The George Eliot Review, 25 (1994), 51-55.

    'Conrad, Goethe and the King of Ultima Thule', Conradiana, vol. 24, no.1 (1992), pp. 41-45.

    'George Eliot, Goethe and the "passionless Mejnour"', Notes and Queries, vol. 37, no. 1 (1990), 38.

    Review Articles

    Baker, William, and John C. Ross. George Eliot: A Bibliographical History, The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 97 (June 2003), 265-66.

    'Love / Is Like the Breaking of the Spine', review of The Brontës' Hats, A Selection of Poems by Sarah Kirsch, translated by Wendy Mulford and Anthony Vivis, P.N. Review, vol. 18, no. 6 (July/August 1992), 61.


    The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH Tel: +44(0)1483 300800 Fax: +44(0)1483 300803
    Disclaimer - The University of Surrey is not responsible for the content of personal pages
    Accessibility | Freedom of information | MyPages Home