Victorian Fairy Tales

From whimsy to satire, the stories reveal the preoccupations of the age and celebrate the value of the imagination.

Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198737599

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'The Queen and the bat had been talking a good deal that afternoon...' The Victorian fascination with fairyland vivified the literature of the period, and led to 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 W. M. 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 abilities to reflect our deepest concerns. In tales of whimsy and romance, witty satire and uncanny mystery, love, suffering, family and the travails of identity are imaginatively explored. Michael Newton's introduction and notes provide illuminating contextual and biographical information about the authors and the development of the literary fairy tale. A selection of original illustrations is also included. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Moulding the Female Body in Victorian Fairy Tales and Sensation Novels

Poised between the magic world of fairy tales and the marvellous realm of consumer culture, Paxton's Crystal ... shape of five shillings current money of the realm.4 Dickens's example typifies the Victorians' love for miniaturization in ...

Author: Laurence Talairach-Vielmas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317093916

Category: Literary Criticism

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Laurence Talairach-Vielmas explores Victorian representations of femininity in narratives that depart from mainstream realism, from fairy tales by George MacDonald, Lewis Carroll, Christina Rossetti, Juliana Horatia Ewing, and Jean Ingelow, to sensation novels by Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Rhoda Broughton, and Charles Dickens. Feminine representation, Talairach-Vielmas argues, is actually presented in a hyper-realistic way in such anti-realistic genres as children's literature and sensation fiction. In fact, it is precisely the clash between fantasy and reality that enables the narratives to interrogate the real and re-create a new type of realism that exposes the normative constraints imposed to contain the female body. In her exploration of the female body and its representations, Talairach-Vielmas examines how Victorian fantasies and sensation novels deconstruct and reconstruct femininity; she focuses in particular on the links between the female characters and consumerism, and shows how these serve to illuminate the tensions underlying the representation of the Victorian ideal.
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Victorian Fairy Tales

Sale, Roger, Fairy Tales and After: From Snow White to E. B. White (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1978). Critical Monographs and Essays on Victorian Fairy Tales Avery, Gillian, 'The Quest for Fairyland', Quarterly Journal of ...

Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191017360

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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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.
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Victorian Fairy Tales

LTHOUGH VICTORIAN fairy tales have recently drawn a great deal of critical attention from literary scholars, there are surprisingly few anthologies of the tales available to the general reader. The lack of good representative ...

Author: Jack Zipes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136744105

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 412

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First published in 1989. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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7 best short stories Victorian Fairy Tales

Oscar Wilde, Dinah Craik, John Ruskin, Edith Nesbit, Kenneth Grahame, George MacDonald, August Nemo. TACET BOOKS 7 BEST SHORT STORIES Victorian Fairy Tales EDITED BY August Nemo Introduction John Thackray Bunce I ORIGIN OF FAIRY STORIES ...

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: Tacet Books

ISBN: 9783968588094

Category: Fiction

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Welcome to the book series 7 best short stories specials, selection dedicated to a special subject, featuring works by noteworthy authors. The texts were chosen based on their relevance, renown and interest. This edition is dedicated to Victorian Fairy Tale: The reinvention of fairy tales was a very particular feature of Victorian literature. Many authors dedicated to other genres tried their luck by making their own versions of the fairytale universe. This book contains the following texts: - The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin; - The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray; - The Golden Key by George MacDonald; - The Little Lame Prince by Dinah Craik; - The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde; - Melisande by Edith Nesbit; - The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame. For more books with interesting themes, be sure to check the other books in this collection!
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The Victorian Fairy Tale Book

His stories contain a mystial resonance rare in books for boys and girls, and he never wrote a more beautiful fairy tale than "The Golden Key," from Dealing, with the Fairies. Just as MacDonald reached the pinnacle of the Victorian ...

Author: Michael Patrick Hearn

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 9780307814159

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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From Robert Browning’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin and William Makepeace Thackeray’s The Rose and the Ring to Kenneth Grahme’s The Reluctant Dragon and J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, here are seventeen classic stories and poems from the golden age of the English fairy tale. Some of them amuse, some enchant, some satirize and criticize, but each one is an expression of the joy of living. Accompanied by illustrations from the original editions of these works this collection will delight readers both young and old. Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
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Fairy Tales and Feminism

More recently , in Ventures into Childland : Victorians , Fairy Tales , and Femininity , U. C. Knoepflmacher has moved beyond the response of women novelists to classical tales . Instead , he considers the construction of gender in the ...

Author: Donald Haase

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814330304

Category: Literary Criticism

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Responding to thirty years of feminist fairy-tale scholarship, this book breaks new ground by rethinking important questions, advocating innovative approaches, and introducing woman-centered texts and traditions that have been ignored for too long.
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Fairy Tales Natural History and Victorian Culture

In the 1860s, as fairies permeated Victorian culture, appearing in works of art, scientific essays and even advertising, the publication of fairy tales exploded. Fairy tales were revised in manifold different ways, ultimately becoming ...

Author: Laurence Talairach-Vielmas

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137342409

Category: 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.
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Folklore and the Fantastic in Nineteenth Century British Fiction

While folk fairy tales (aside from a tendency toward murky medievalism) are rarely bound to a specific epoch, culture, or nation, most Victorian tales present issues of their time.1 Victorian literary fairy tales engage the same ...

Author: Jason Marc Harris

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317134657

Category: 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.
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Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion

Cf. Paul V. Rubow, “Idea and Form in Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales,” in A Book on the Danish Writer Hans Christian ... See also Jack Zipes, ed., Victorian Fairy Tales (New York: Methuen, 1987); Michael Patrick Hearn, ed., ...

Author: Jack Zipes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135210298

Category: Literary Criticism

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The fairy tale may be one of the most important cultural and social influences on children's lives. But until Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, little attention had been paid to the ways in which the writers and collectors of tales used traditional forms and genres in order to shape children's lives – their behavior, values, and relationship to society. As Jack Zipes convincingly shows, fairy tales have always been a powerful discourse, capable of being used to shape or destabilize attitudes and behavior within culture. For this new edition, the author has revised the work throughout and added a new introduction bringing this classic title up to date.
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