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 imaginative freedom, by turns amusing, charming, and disturbing. Besides their social and historical implications, they are extraordinary stories, full of strange delights for readers of any age.
""Forbidden Journeys" is not only a darkly entertaining book to read for the fantasies and anti-fantasies told, but also is a significant contribution to nineteenth-century cultural history, and especially feminist studies."--"United Press International"
"A service to feminists, to Victorian Studies, to children's literature and to children."--Beverly Lyon Clark, "Women's Review of Books"
"These are stories to laugh over, cheer at, celebrate, and wince at. . . . "Forbidden Journeys" is a welcome reminder that rebellion was still possible, and the editors' intelligent and fascinating commentary reveals ways in which these stories defied the Victorian patriarchy."--Allyson F. McGill, "Belles Lettres
Introduction Part One: Refashioning Fairy Tales The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, Anne Thackeray Ritchie Beauty and the Beast, Anne Thackeray Ritchie The Brown Bull of Norrowa, Maria Louisa Molesworth Amelia and the Dwarfs, Juliana Horathia Ewing Part Two: Subversions Nick, Christina Rossetti Christmas Crackers, Julian Horathia Ewing Behind the White Brick, Frances Hodgson Burnett Melisande, or, Long and Short Division, E. Nesbit Fortunatus Rex & Co., E. Nesbit Part Three: A Fantasy Novel Mopsa the Fairy, Jean Ingelow Part Four: A Trio of Antifantasies Speaking Likenesses, Christina Rossetti Biographical Sketches Further Readings
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 1st January 1992
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.8
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition