Fantastical reflections: Lewis Carroll, George Macdonald and Charles Dickens

Flynn, Hayley Hannah (2016). Fantastical reflections: Lewis Carroll, George Macdonald and Charles Dickens. University of Birmingham. M.A.

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This thesis examines the presence and importance of the fantastical in literature of the Victorian period, a time
most frequently associated with rationality. A variety of cultural sources, including popular entertainment, optical technology and the fairy tale, show the extent of the impact the fantastical has on the period and provides further insight into its origins. Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald and Charles Dickens, who each present very different styles of writing, provide similar insight into the impact of the fantastical on literature of the period. By examining the similarities and influences that exist between these three authors and other cultural sources of the fantastical a clear pattern can be seen, demonstrating the origins and use of the fantastical in
Victorian literature and providing a new stance from which it should be viewed.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.A.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.A.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, Department of English Language and Linguistics
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature


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