Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness

Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness

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,… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195121995
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(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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