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    Fairies in nineteenth-century art and literature

    Bown, Nicola (2001) Fairies in nineteenth-century art and literature. Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture 33. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521793155.

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    Abstract

    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.

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    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities
    Research Centre: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2007
    Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 10:17
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/602

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