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Fairies in Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature

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  • Author: Nicola Bown, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025508

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  • This study of the Victorian fascination with fairies reveals their significance in Victorian art and literature. Nicola Bown explores what the fairy meant to the Victorians, and why they were so captivated by a figure which nowadays seems trivial and childish. She argues that fairies were a fantasy that allowed the Victorians to escape from their worries about science, technology and the effects of progress. The fairyland they dreamed about was a reconfiguration of their own world, and the fairies who inhabited it were like themselves.

    • First literary/cultural/artistic study of the significance of the fairy in Victorian times
    • 30 illustrations
    • Illuminates the link between Victorian realism, together with growth of science and technology, and interest in fairies
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    "This is an impressive study, thoroughly documented, and enriching of our sense of cultural history." Victorian Studies

    "A fresh evocation of the century's pressing anxieties and ingenious consolations." Studies in English Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025508
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 150 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    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

  • Author

    Nicola Bown, Birkbeck College, University of London
    Nicola Bown is a lecturer in the Department of English at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has published articles in Textual Practice, Women: A Cultural Review, and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and worked for the Royal Academy on their Victorian Fairy Paintings show. This is her first book.

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