Forbidden Journeys: Fairy Tales and Fantasies by Victorian Women Writers
As these eleven dark and wild stories demonstrate, fairy tales by Victorian women constitute a distinct literary tradition, one startlingly subversive of the society that fostered it. From Anne Thackeray Ritchie's adaptations of "The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood" to Christina Rossetti's unsettling antifantasies in Speaking Likenesses, these are breathtaking acts of imaginat...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published June 8th 1992 by University Of Chicago Press
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Jul 28, 2009 Miriam rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This a collection of fairy and fantasy tales by nineteenth-century women, accompanied by an introductory essay on the genre. It would be a good text for a course on gender or 19th-century lit, but is also perfectly accessible for a casual reader of fairy tales.
The essays by the editors were far more engaging than the bulk of the stories. A few stories were original and enchanting, but sadly, most of them were 'reworkings' of older tales that the Victorian era writers just modernized to their society.
Nov 11, 2013 Melinda Jane Harrison rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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