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Ranald Bannerman: the Hero as ‘Real’ Boy

Johnson, Rachel (2006) Ranald Bannerman: the Hero as ‘Real’ Boy. In: Norchilnet August 2006, August 2006, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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First published in serial form in ‘Good Words for the Young’ Nov 1869 – Oct 1870, Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood (RBB) holds premonitions of MacDonald’s later books such as Princess and the Goblin (1872) and The Princess and Curdie (1883) and includes autobiographical material. Indicators of MacDonald’s views on for example, education and allusions to political changes make RBB as much a story for adults as for children.
Set in the North East of Scotland, MacDonald’s home, the story begins with Ranald’s earliest memory and ends with his departure to school and university. In between are all the agonies of growing up, punctuated by vivid episodes that act as stepping stones toward maturity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: George MacDonald, Ranald Bannermann, boy hero, hero, heroes, nineteenth century, boyhood
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: Central Services > Library Services
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2009 10:37
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:25

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