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Fairies in Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature

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Paperback - 2006. Digitally printed first paperback version. Near fine. Small sticker to rear. Illustrated in b/w.

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, Victorians consoled themselves by dreaming of a place suffused with the enchantment that was disappearing from their own lives. 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.

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Author(s):
Bown, Nicola
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
Octavo
Edition:
2006
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521025508
ISBN-13:
9780521025508
Number of pages:
235
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Fairies in Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature

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Paperback - 2006. Digitally printed first paperback version. Near fine. Small sticker to rear. Illustrated in b/w.

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, Victorians consoled themselves by dreaming of a place suffused with the enchantment that was disappearing from their own lives. 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.

Author(s):
Bown, Nicola
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
Octavo
Edition:
2006
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0521025508
ISBN-13:
9780521025508
Number of pages:
235
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Fairies in Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature

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