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Victorian Fantasy Literature: Literary Battles With Church and Empire Hardcover – Dec 1990


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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Edwin Mellen Pr (December 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889463786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889463783
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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By A Customer on Dec 27 2002
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from my university library as its price far outweighs my student budget. As an aspiring literary scholar with an interest in both fantasy as literature and the literary canon, I found Michalson's study to be provocative and enlightening. She analyzes the life and works of five Victorian writers whose fantasy works have been neglected by scholars: John Ruskin, George MacDonald, Charles Kingsley, Henry Rider Haggard, and Rudyard Kipling. She shows how the influence of both the Anglican Church and British empire building on the nascent British education system prevented fantasy from gaining respect in academic circles. This is important because even though the religion and politics have disappeared, contemporary scholars have inherited the attitude that fantasy is disreputable. I'm tempted to show it to some of my professors who don't consider fantasy to be serious literature.
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Fantasy is literature Dec 27 2002
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I borrowed this book from my university library as its price far outweighs my student budget. As an aspiring literary scholar with an interest in both fantasy as literature and the literary canon, I found Michalson's study to be provocative and enlightening. She analyzes the life and works of five Victorian writers whose fantasy works have been neglected by scholars: John Ruskin, George MacDonald, Charles Kingsley, Henry Rider Haggard, and Rudyard Kipling. She shows how the influence of both the Anglican Church and British empire building on the nascent British education system prevented fantasy from gaining respect in academic circles. This is important because even though the religion and politics have disappeared, contemporary scholars have inherited the attitude that fantasy is disreputable. I'm tempted to show it to some of my professors who don't consider fantasy to be serious literature.


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