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Fantasy, Fear and Reality: Tracing Pathways Between Carroll, Kingsley, and MacDonald Leading to the Inklings

Webb, Jean ORCID: (2018) Fantasy, Fear and Reality: Tracing Pathways Between Carroll, Kingsley, and MacDonald Leading to the Inklings. In: Informing the Inklings : George MacDonald and the Victorian Roots of Modern Fantasy. Winged Lion Press, London. ISBN 1935688200 978-1935688204

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This chapter focusses on the links and developments in thinking from the nineteenth to the twentieth century in the work of Charles Kingsley, Lewis Carroll, and George MacDonald leading to the Inklings. The work of all of these writers is defined as fantasy, yet there is a strong relationship with the social and political realities of the times. For example, the influences of Romanticism, Darwinism and Social Darwinism pulse through their texts culminating in the elements of Modernism in the twentieth century. The discussion takes the position that no literary and/or philosophical movement begins or ends abruptly nor in a singular way, but that thinking develops and crosses over demonstrating the complexity of seemingly simple writing for children.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Charles Kingsley, Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald, the Inklings, children's literature
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
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Depositing User: Jean Webb
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 15:15
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:09

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