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Title:Imaginary Forces: The Reformist Poetics of Victorian Fairyland
Author(s):Searsmith, Kelly Lin
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Anderson, Amanda
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, English
Abstract:Imaginary Forces identifies the liberal, recursive mid-Victorian literary fairy tale as a specifically reformist institution, rather than as the subversive or reifying genre it is frequently claimed to be. The study argues that tales used romantic recastings of traditional forms to invigorate members of the middle class with a new sense of ethical responsibility and possibility. At the same time, it describes how the tales acknowledged the difficulties of acting upon those reformed identifications and rejected their most subversive implications. The dissertation begins with an analysis of George MacDonald's fairy tale theory and then proceeds through close rhetorical analyses of George MacDonald's Phantastes (1858), Charles Kingsley's The Water-Babies (1863), Jean Ingelow's Mopsa the Fairy (1869), and Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865).
Issue Date:1999
Description:253 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9953130
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1999

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