Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness / Edition 1

Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness / Edition 1

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by Carole G. Silver
     
 

Teeming with creatures, both real and imagined, this encyclopedic study in cultural history illuminates the hidden web of connections between the Victorian fascination with fairies and their lore and the dominant preoccupations of Victorian culture at large. Carole Silver here draws on sources ranging from the anthropological, folkloric, and occult to the legal,

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Teeming with creatures, both real and imagined, this encyclopedic study in cultural history illuminates the hidden web of connections between the Victorian fascination with fairies and their lore and the dominant preoccupations of Victorian culture at large. Carole Silver here draws on sources ranging from the anthropological, folkloric, and occult to the legal, historical, and medical. She is the first to anatomize a world peopled by strange beings who have infiltrated both the literary and visual masterpieces and the minor works of the writers and painters of that era.

Examining the period of 1798 to 1923, Strange and Secret Peoples focuses not only on such popular literary figures as Charles Dickens and William Butler Yeats, but on writers as diverse as Thomas Carlyle, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Charlotte Mew; on artists as varied as mad Richard Dadd, Aubrey Beardsley, and Sir Joseph Noel Paton; and on artifacts ranging from fossil skulls to photographs and vases. Silver demonstrates how beautiful and monstrous creatures—fairies and swan maidens, goblins and dwarfs, cretins and changelings, elementals and pygmies—simultaneously peopled the Victorian imagination and inhabited nineteenth-century science and belief. Her book reveals the astonishing complexity and fertility of the Victorian consciousness: its modernity and antiquity, its desire to naturalize the supernatural, its pervasive eroticism fused with sexual anxiety, and its drive for racial and imperial dominion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195144116
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Greetings from Another World: Romantic Rediscoveries3
1On the Origins of Fairies33
2"Come Away Thou Human Child": Abductions, Change, and Changelings59
3"East of the Sun and West of the Moon": Victorians and Fairy Brides89
4Little Goblin Men: On Dwarfs and Pygmies, Racial Myths and Mythic Races117
5The Faces of Evil: Fairies, Mobs, and Female Cruelty149
6Farewell to the Fairies185
Notes213
Works Cited235
Index251

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