“Adam Bede” Revisited: Social Stigma and the Formation of Deviant Identity

Nora Bonner, Miami University of Ohio. Elham Shayegh, Miami University of Ohio. Abstract. In Adam Bede, George Eliot explores the way a society divides its members into categories and how these categories contribute to the formation of an individual’s identity. In the mid-nineteenth century authors in the naturalist tradition often discussed this dialogical relationship between…