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Goblinization: a Reading of the Colonial Subject and Degeneration in The Princess and the Goblin (1872) and The Princess and Curdie (1883) by George MacDonald (1824-1905)

Johnson, Rachel (2008) Goblinization: a Reading of the Colonial Subject and Degeneration in The Princess and the Goblin (1872) and The Princess and Curdie (1883) by George MacDonald (1824-1905). In: 2008 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends, Thursday May 29th to Sunday June 1st, Taylor University, Upland, Indiana. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

George MacDonald‟s two longer fairy tales, Princess and the Goblin (1872) and The Princess and Curdie (1883) reflect key preoccupations of nineteenth century English society such as the Darwinian discussion, commercialism, wealth creation and materialism. My aim in this paper is to read The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie as a reflection of the nineteenth century, essentially "Victorian,‟ preoccupation with the colonized as "other‟. I approach this preoccupation through the arguments of similarity and difference as justification for imperial expansion.

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Inklings Forever, Volume VI. Essay presented at the Sixth Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C S Lewis & Friends by Dr Rachel Johnson, University of Worcester.

Uncontrolled Keywords: George MacDonald, fairy tales, imperialism, colonization, goblinization, goblins, otherness
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Academic Departments > Information and Learning Services
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2009 10:41
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2010 05:01
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/618

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