Rethinking George MacDonald

Contexts and Contemporaries

Edited by Christopher MacLachlan , John Patrick Pazdziora , Ginger Stelle

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George MacDonald is the acknowledged forefather of later fantasy writers such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. This collection of 16 essays examines MacDonald's place in the Victorian literary scene, his engagement with his contemporaries and his interest in the social, political, and theological movements of his age.

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The Association for Scottish Literary Studies is an educational charity that aims to promote the study, teaching and writing of Scottish literature, and to further the study of the languages of Scotland. To these ends, ASLS publishes works of Scottish literature which have either been neglected or which merit a fresh presentation to a modern audience, and critical anthologies of both creative and non-fiction writing.

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George MacDonald (1824 - 1905) is the acknowledged forefather of later fantasy writers such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien: however, his place in his own time is seldom examined. This omission does MacDonald a grave disservice. By ignoring a fundamental aspect of what made MacDonald the man he was, the critical habit of viewing MacDonald's work only in terms of his followers reinforces the long-entrenched assessment that it has a limited value - one only for religious enthusiasts and fantasy lovers. The essays in this anthology seek to correct that omission, by looking directly at MacDonald the Victorian - at his place in the Victorian literary scene, at his engagement with the works of his literary contemporaries and at his interest in the social, political, and theological movements of his age. The resulting portrait reveals a MacDonald who deserves a more prominent place in the rich literary history of the nineteenth century than he has hitherto been given.

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Format Paperback
Imprint The Association for Scottish Literary Studies
Publication Date 20 Mar 2013
ISBN 9781908980014
Number of Pages 300

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