Fairies in Nineteenth-century Art and Literature by Nicola Bown
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Fairies in Nineteenth-century Art and Literature
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Fairies in Nineteenth-century Art and Literature

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Fairies in Nineteenth-century Art and Literature by Nicola Bown

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521025508
ISBN-10: 0521025508
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Nicola Bown

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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