Carole G. Silver
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (January 14, 1999)
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Teeming with creatures, either genuine and imagined, this encyclopedic research in cultural heritage illuminates the hidden net of connections among the Victorian fascination with fairies and their lore and the dominant preoccupations of Victorian tradition at huge. Carole Silver the following attracts on resources starting from the anthropological, folkloric, and occult to the criminal, ancient, and scientific. She is the 1st to anatomize an international peopled via unusual beings who've infiltrated either the literary and visible masterpieces and the minor works of the writers and painters of that period. interpreting the interval of 1798 to 1923, unusual and mystery Peoples focuses not just on such well known literary figures as Charles Dickens and William Butler Yeats, yet on writers as varied as Thomas Carlyle, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Charlotte Mew; on artists as diverse as mad Richard Dadd, Aubrey Beardsley, and Sir Joseph Noel Paton; and on artifacts starting from fossil skulls to pictures and vases. Silver demonstrates how appealing and colossal creatures--fairies and swan maidens, goblins and dwarfs, cretins and changelings, elementals and pygmies--simultaneously peopled the Victorian mind's eye and inhabited nineteenth-century technology and trust. Her publication finds the excellent complexity and fertility of the Victorian awareness: its modernity and antiquity, its wish to naturalize the supernatural, its pervasive eroticism fused with sexual nervousness, and its force for racial and imperial dominion.