Fairies In Nineteenth Century Art And Literature

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Fairies In Nineteenth Century Art And Literature

Author : Nicola Bown
ISBN : 0521793157
Genre : Art
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Although fairies are now banished to the realm of childhood, these diminutive figures were central to the work of many Victorian painters, novelists, poets and even scientists. It would be no exaggeration to say that the Victorians were obsessed with fairies: yet this obsession has hitherto received little scholarly attention. Nicola Bown reminds us of the importance of fairies in Victorian culture. In the figure of the fairy, the Victorians crystallized contemporary anxieties about the effects of industrialization, the remoteness of the past, the value of culture and the way in which science threatened to undermine religion and spirituality. Above all, the fairy symbolized disenchantment with the irresistible forces of progress and modernity. As these forces stripped the world of its wonder, the Victorians consoled themselves by dreaming of a place and a people suffused with the enchantment that was disappearing from their own lives.
Category: Art

Folklore And The Fantastic In Nineteenth Century British Fiction

Author : Jason Marc Harris
ISBN : 9781317134657
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Jason Marc Harris's ambitious book argues that the tensions between folk metaphysics and Enlightenment values produce the literary fantastic. Demonstrating that a negotiation with folklore was central to the canon of British literature, he explicates the complicated rhetoric associated with folkloric fiction. His analysis includes a wide range of writers, including James Barrie, William Carleton, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Sheridan Le Fanu, Neil Gunn, George MacDonald, William Sharp, Robert Louis Stevenson, and James Hogg. These authors, Harris suggests, used folklore to articulate profound cultural ambivalence towards issues of class, domesticity, education, gender, imperialism, nationalism, race, politics, religion, and metaphysics. Harris's analysis of the function of folk metaphysics in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century narratives reveals the ideological agendas of the appropriation of folklore and the artistic potential of superstition in both folkloric and literary contexts of the supernatural.
Category: Literary Criticism

Science In The Nursery

Author : Laurence Talairach-Vielmas
ISBN : 9781443828291
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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This edited collection aims to examine the popularisation of science for children in Britain and France from the middle of the eighteenth century to the end of the Victorian period. It compares and contrasts for the first time popular science works published at the same time in the two countries, focusing both on non-fictional and fictional texts. Starting when children’s literature emerged as a genre to the end of the nineteenth century it addresses the ways in which popular science for children engaged with wider debates and issues, concerning such topics as gender or religion. Each individual essays brings home how children’s literature revealed contemporary tensions which professional scientists confronted. The wide range of scientific topics examined, from physics and astronomy to natural history and anthropology, offers a large spectrum of types of popular science works for children.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Victorian Supernatural

Author : Nicola Bown
ISBN : 0521810159
Genre : Literary Collections
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Essays by literary scholars, art historians and science historians explore the diversity of the Victorians' fascination with the supernatural.
Category: Literary Collections

Science In Wonderland

Author : Melanie Keene
ISBN : 9780191639647
Genre : Science
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In Victorian Britain an array of writers captured the excitement of new scientific discoveries, and enticed young readers and listeners into learning their secrets, by converting introductory explanations into quirky, charming, and imaginative fairy-tales; forces could be fairies, dinosaurs could be dragons, and looking closely at a drop of water revealed a soup of monsters. Science in Wonderland explores how these stories were presented and read. Melanie Keene introduces and analyses a range of Victorian scientific fairy-tales, from nursery classics such as The Water-Babies to the little-known Wonderland of Evolution, or the story of insect lecturer Fairy Know-a-Bit. In exploring the ways in which authors and translators - from Hans Christian Andersen and Edith Nesbit to the pseudonymous 'A.L.O.E.' and 'Acheta Domestica' - reconciled the differing demands of factual accuracy and fantastical narratives, Keene asks why the fairies and their tales were chosen as an appropriate new form for capturing and presenting scientific and technological knowledge to young audiences. Such stories, she argues, were an important way in which authors and audiences criticised, communicated, and celebrated contemporary scientific ideas, practices, and objects.
Category: Science

Victorian Fairy Tales

Author : Michael Newton
ISBN : 9780191017360
Genre : Fiction
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The Victorian fascination with fairyland is reflected in the literature of the period, which includes some of the most imaginative fairy tales ever written. They offer the shortest path to the age's dreams, desires, and wishes. Authors central to the nineteenth-century canon such as Thackeray, Oscar Wilde, Ford Madox Ford, and Rudyard Kipling wrote fairy tales, and authors primarily famous for their work in the genre include George MacDonald, Juliana Ewing, Mary De Morgan, and Andrew Lang. This anthology brings together fourteen of the best stories, by these and other outstanding practitioners, to show the vibrancy and variety of the form and its ability to reflect our deepest concerns. The stories in this selection range from pure whimsy and romance to witty satire and darker, uncanny mystery. Paradox proves central to a form offered equally to children and adults. Fairyland is a dynamic and beguiling place, one that permits the most striking explorations of gender, suffering, love, family, and the travails of identity. Michael Newton's introduction and notes explore the literary marketplace in which these tales appeared, as well as the role they played in contemporary debates on scepticism and belief. The book also includes a selection of original illustrations by some of the masters of the field such as Richard Doyle, Arthur Hughes, and Walter Crane.
Category: Fiction

Fairy Tales Natural History And Victorian Culture

Author : Laurence Talairach-Vielmas
ISBN : 9781137342409
Genre : Fiction
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Fairy Tales, Natural History and Victorian Culture examines how literary fairy tales were informed by natural historical knowledge in the Victorian period, as well as how popular science books used fairies to explain natural history at a time when 'nature' became a much debated word.
Category: Fiction

The Singing Bones

Author : Shaun Tan
ISBN : 9781925268355
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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In this beautifully presented volume, the essence of seventy-five fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm is wonderfully evoked by Shaun Tan's extraordinary sculptures. Nameless princes, wicked stepsisters, greedy kings, honourable peasants and ruthless witches, tales of love, betrayal, adventure and magical transformation: all inspiration for this stunning gallery of sculptural works. Introduced by Grimm Tales author Philip Pullman and leading fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes, The Singing Bones breathes new life into some of the world's most beloved fairy tales. 'These little figures of clay, with their simplified features, their single attributes, are perfect realisations of the strangeness of the characters they represent.' - Philip Pullman
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Flora S Feast

Author : Walter Crane
ISBN : 0486418588
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Created by a celebrated late-Victorian era illustrator and painter. Features 40 full-color depictions of ethereal figures clad in flowery garments, each of which appears with a whimsical verse. A treasure for admirers of fine book illustration, this charming volume will also delight flower lovers of all ages and anyone enchanted by fairies and make-believe.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Angels And Fairies

Author : Iain Zaczek
ISBN : 1786644711
Genre : Art
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A beautiful art book bursting with angels and fairies. Now a home for the kitsch and mysterious these mythical, religious and folk creatures were the inspirations for the great artists of the romantic and Victorian eras.
Category: Art

Tolkien Race And Cultural History

Author : Dimitra Fimi
ISBN : UOM:39015078792861
Genre : Fiction
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Looks at the mythology of Tolkien's works, describing how it changed and evolved throughout his lifetime.
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Fairy Tale As Myth Myth As Fairy Tale

Author : Jack Zipes
ISBN : 9780813143910
Genre : Social Science
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" Explores the historical rise of the literary fairy tale as genre in the late seventeenth century. In his examinations of key classical fairy tales, Zipes traces their unique metamorphoses in history with stunning discoveries that reveal their ideological relationship to domination and oppression. Tales such as Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Rumplestiltskin have become part of our everyday culture and shapers of our identities. In this lively work, Jack Zipes explores the historical rise of the literary fairy tale as genre in the late seventeenth century and examines the ideological relationship of classic fairy tales to domination and oppression in Western society. The fairy tale received its most "mythic" articulation in America. Consequently, Zipes sees Walt Disney's Snow White as an expression of American male individualism, film and literary interpretations of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz as critiques of American myths, and Robert Bly's Iron John as a misunderstanding of folklore and traditional fairy tales. This book will change forever the way we look at the fairy tales of our youth.
Category: Social Science

Introducing Children S Literature

Author : Deborah Cogan Thacker
ISBN : 0415204119
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Focusing on the major literary movements from Romanticism to postmodernism, Thacker and Webb examine the concerns of each period and the ways in which these concerns influence and are influenced by children's literature.
Category: Literary Criticism

Staging Fairyland

Author : Jennifer Schacker
ISBN : 9780814345924
Genre : Performing Arts
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Examines pantomime and theatricality in nineteenth-century histories of folklore and the fairy tale.
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From Alice To Harry Potter

Author : Colin Nicholas Manlove
ISBN : UOM:39015061153683
Genre : Literary Criticism
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'The longer I live, the more I am convinced of the importance of children's books.' When Robert Bloomfield wrote this in 1817 he could have had no idea of the range of children's books to come, nor of how in England fantasy would be their outstanding form. In this survey of 400 English children's fantasies from 1850 to 2000, taking in authors from the well-known Charles Kingsley, C. S. Lewis and J. K. Rowling to the less-known Annie Keary, Edith Elias and Pete Johnson, Colin Manlove shows just how good their books often are as literature. He combines new interpretations of individual works with explanations of how and why their character changes over time, reflecting their different cultural settings. This book is intended both as a critical companion for children's literature courses, and as a stimulus for the general reader and students at all levels.
Category: Literary Criticism

Metamorphosing Shakespeare

Author : Patricia Ann Kennan
ISBN : STANFORD:36105121324326
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Running With The Fairies

Author : Dennis Gaffin
ISBN : UCSD:31822039432570
Genre : Fairies
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Fairyfolk are fairyminded people who have had direct experiences with the divine energy and appearance of fairies, and fairypeople, who additionally know that they have been reincarnated from the Fairy Realm. This book gives an account of the living spirituality and mysticism of fairyfolk in Ireland.
Category: Fairies