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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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Jan 19, 2009 Miriam rated it really liked it · 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.
Sep 05, 2011 Melinda Jane Harrison rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, historical-fantasy-paranormal, mythic, pre-raphaelites, fairy-tales-and-related, fairies, loved, 10-stars-really, fantastic-worldbuilding, fairy-tale-retellings-after-1830, more-fantasy-than-fairy-tale-retell, 0-girls-and-goblins, victorian-fairy-tales-and-fantasy, victorian-women-writers, folklore-studies, 2015-favorite-reads, beloved-and-favorites-books, 2015-read
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Dec 09, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it · review of another edition
Technically speaking, this is really two books - a selection of short stories by Anne Thackeray Ritchie, Christina Rosetti, Mrs. Molesworth, and E. Nesbit and a fantasy novel reprinted in its entirety by Jean Ingellow, Mopsa the Fairy. If Lewis Carroll and/or George MacDonald are the only way you know Victorian children's literature, than this really is a great introduction to the wider world of it. Both MacDonald and Carroll tended to idealize little girls (Carroll moreso, and even he wasn't as ...more
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.