Fairies and Fairy Stories
By (author) Diane Purkiss
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Fairies and Fairy Stories by Diane Purkiss
Book DescriptionWhether on top of the Christmas Tree, at the bottom of the garden or in school pantomimes, today we think of fairies as sweet, dainty creatures with wands and butterly wings. But, as Diane Purkiss shows, they have a far darker and more menacing history - as troublemakers, child-snatchers, seducers and changelings, representing our deepest fears and desires regarding birth, sex and death. From these dangerous beings of ancient myths and medieval folklore, to the sanitized 'wingy thingies' of Shakespeare and the Victorians, and even modern myths of alien abduction, this is an enthralling history of our need to believe in fairies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780752440736
(235mm x 165mm x 10mm)
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Diane Purkiss
Literature, Gender and Politics During the English Civil War, Paperback (August 2010)
Diane Purkiss analyses representations of masculinity in the writings of Milton, Marvell, Waller and Herrick.
English Civil War, Paperback (November 2007)
A history of the English Civil War-one of the great turning points in Western political history-told through the remarkable experiences of the men and women who lived through it
Witch in History, Paperback (October 1996)
In this study, Diane Purkiss investigates the diverse interpretations and meanings attributed to the figure of the witch. The areas she considers include Canonical literature, visual arts, fairy tales, folklore, real-life witch stories, pornography and sado-masochism, film, and the stage.
Women, Texts and Histories, 1575-1760, Paperback (June 1992)» View all books by Diane Purkiss
The essays offer new feminist analysis of the early modern period and show how women's writing may undermine many of the received assumptions on which the history of the period has depended.
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Author Biography - Diane Purkiss
Diane Purkiss graduated from the University of Queensland before taking her D.Phil at Merton College, Oxford. She worked as professor of English at Exeter Universiry before becoming senior tutor in English at Keble College, Oxford. She specialises in the supernatural, women's writing and folklore, and has written several books on women's history and witchcraft, notably 'The Witch in History'. She lives in Oxford.
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