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Folklore in British literature : naming and narrating in women's fiction, 1750-1880

Author: Sarah R Wakefield
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, ©2006.
Series: Studies on themes and motifs in literature, v. 80.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Folklore provides a metaphor for insecurity in British women's writing published between 1750 and 1880. When characters feel uneasy about separations between races, classes, or sexes, they speak of mermaids and "Cinderella" to make threatening women unreal and thus harmless. Because supernatural creatures change constantly, a name or story from folklore merely reinforces fears about empire, labor, and desire. To  Read more...
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Wakefield, Sarah R., 1975-
Folklore in British literature.
New York : Peter Lang, ©2006
(OCoLC)607809143
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah R Wakefield
ISBN: 082046340X 9780820463407
OCLC Number: 61362094
Description: viii, 176 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Folklore as a critical tool --
"Things totally out of nature": fairies and fairy tales in eighteenth-century fiction --
"Syren lure": folklore as national rhetoric in The wild Irish girl --
Governesses, émigrés, and fairies: implications of folklore in the novels of Charlotte Brontë --
George Eliot's English water-nixies and sad-eyed princesses --
Domesticating the fairy realm: Anne Thackeray and Jean Ingelow.
Series Title: Studies on themes and motifs in literature, v. 80.
Responsibility: Sarah R. Wakefield.
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"Folklore provides a metaphor for insecurity in British women's writing published between 1750 and 1880. When characters feel uneasy about separations between races, classes, or sexes, they speak of mermaids and "Cinderella" to make threatening women unreal and thus harmless. Because supernatural creatures change constantly, a name or story from folklore merely reinforces fears about empire, labor, and desire. To illustrate these fascinating rhetorical strategies, this book explores works by Sarah Fielding, Ann Radcliffe, Sydney Owenson, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Anne Thackeray, and Jean Ingelow, pushing our understanding of allusions to folktales, fairy tales, and myths beyond "happily ever after.""--Jacket.

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