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Forbidden Journeys: Fairy Tales and Fantasies by Victorian Women Writers

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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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Cheryl
For Women's Studies scholars. There was no coherent argument inherent to the book - but there were clearly assumptions made about what the target audience already knew and believed about the subject.

For example, the editors seem to disparage Victorian children's lit. as written by men, including Alice in Wonderland and The Princess and the Goblin. Well, whatever they seemed to be trying to say, it convinced me of nothing - I still admire Carroll and MacDonald. They also spent a lot of pages sim
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Miriam
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.
Amy
A wonderful collection, coupled with insightful commentaries by the editors on all the stories.
Nicole Kapise-Perkins
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.
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