A Probable State
The Novel, the Contract, and the Jews
Whereas previous critics have explored the relationship between liberalism and the novel by studying the novel's liberal characters, Tucker argues that the liberal subject is represented not merely within the novel, but in the experience of the novel's form as well. With special attention to George Eliot, Henry James, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and S. Y. Abramovitch, Tucker shows how we can understand liberalism and the novel as modes of recognizing and negotiating with history.
1. Writing a Place for History: Daniel Deronda and the Fictions of Belief
2. What Maisie Promised: Realism, Liberalism, and the Ends of Contract
3. Speaking Worlds: S. Y. Abramovitch and the Making of Hebrew Vernacular