Victorian Fantasy

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Baylor University Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Far from being just children's literature, Victorian fantasy is an art form that flourished in opposition to the repressive social and intellectual conditions of “Victorianism.” In this fully revised and expanded edition, Stephen Prickett explores the way in which Victorian writers used non-realistic techniques—nonsense, dreams, visions, and the creation of other worlds—to extend our understanding of this world. In particular, Prickett focuses on six writers (Lear, Carroll, Kingsley, MacDonald, Kipling, and Nesbit), tracing the development of their art form, their influence on each other, and how these writers used fantasy to question the ideology of Victorian culture and society.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Evolution of a Word
5
Christmas as Scrooges
37
Dreams and Nightmares
71
Consensus and Nonsense Lear and Carroll
109
Adults in Allegory Land Kingsley and MacDonald
139
From Bildungsroman to DeathRomance Phantastes Lilith and German Romanticism
173
Worlds within Worlds Kipling and Nesbit
205
Notes
241
Bibliography
263
Index of Names
281
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Stephen Prickett (Ph.D. Cambridge) is the Director of Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University and is the author or editor of eleven volumes, including Narrative, Religion, and Science; The Bible and Literature; Origins of Narrative; and Words and the Word.

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