Breaking the Angelic Image: Woman Power in Victorian Children\'s Fantasy

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    Honig's short, pleasantly written book is a consideration of the images of women--as mothers, spinsters, girls, and supernatural women--in 19th-and early 20th-century fantasy novels for children...Honig sees fantasy as a means of freeing women from the Victorian social restraints--at first, imaginatively. Choice This is the first book-length study of nineteenth-century children's fantasy from a feminist viewpoint. Honig focuses on a number of major works that are representative of the best of their era--including such classics as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll; The Golden Key, The Princess and the Goblin, and others by George MacDonald; the works of Mary Louisa Molesworth; Peter and Wendy by James Barrie; The Five Children and Itand The Enchanted Castle by Edith Nesbit. Through a close reading of these fantasies Honig demonstrates that although Victorian women were still being repressed in the home and the marketplace, the female figure in literature played a role that was quite different from the traditional stereotype of the meek, submissive wife and mother.

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    Number of Pages: 156
    Format(s): Hardback - ISBN: 9780313261275
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    Listed in: c 1800 to c 1900, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
    Publisher: Greenwood Press

    Books by Edith Lazaros Honig

    Hardback

    RRP: £58.00

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