Strange and secret peoples : fairies and Victorian consciousness / Carole G. Silver.
- New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
xiv, 272 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Folklore -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Literature and folklore -- Great Britain.
British literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
- "Teeming with creatures, both real and imagined, this encyclopedic study in cultural history illuminates the hidden web of connections between the Victorian fascination with fairies and their lore and the dominant preoccupations of Victorian culture at large. Carole Silver here draws on sources ranging from the anthropological, folkloric, and occult to the legal, historical, and medical. She is the first to anatomize a world peopled by strange beings who have infiltrated both the literary and visual masterpieces and the minor works of the writers and painters of that era."--Jacket.
- Introduction: Greetings from Another World: Romantic Rediscoveries
1. On the Origins of Fairies
2. "Come Away Thou Human Child": Abductions, Change, and Changelings
3. "East of the Sun and West of the Moon": Victorians and Fairy Brides
4. Little Goblin Men: On Dwarfs and Pygmies, Racial Myths and Mythic Races
5. The Faces of Evil: Fairies, Mobs, and Female Cruelty
6. Farewell to the Fairies.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-250) and index.
- 0195121996 (alk. paper)
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