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Fairies in nineteenth-century art and literature

Fairies in nineteenth-century art and literature

Author: Nicola Bown
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Series: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, 33.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nicola Bown
ISBN: 0521793157 9780521793155
OCLC Number: 46641806
Description: xiii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Small enchantments --
1. Fancies of Fairies and spirits and nonsense --
2. Queen Mab among the steam engines --
3. A few fragments of fairyology, shewing its connection with natural history --
4. A broken heart and a pocket full of ashes.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, 33.
Responsibility: Nicola Bown.
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Nicola Bown's study reminds us that for the Victorians the fairy symbolized disenchantment with the irresistible forces of progress and modernity. As these forces stripped their world of its wonder,  Read more...


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'Nicola Bown's compelling study brilliantly challenges preconceptions about fairies and fairyland; it will transform all subsequent thinking on the topic. Her book is packed with bold, fresh readings Read more...

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