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George Macdonald's Children's Fantasies and the Divine Imagination

Paperback|Aug 2019
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The great Victorian Christian author George MacDonald is the wellspring of the modern fantasy genre. In this book Colin Manlove offers explorations of MacDonald's eight shorter fairy tales and his longer stories At the Back of the North Wind, The...


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The great Victorian Christian author George MacDonald is the wellspring of the modern fantasy genre. In this book Colin Manlove offers explorations of MacDonald's eight shorter fairy tales and his longer stories At the Back of the North Wind, The Princess and the Goblin, The Wise Woman, and The Princess and Curdie.


MacDonald saw the imagination as the source of fairy tales and of divine truth together. For he believed that God lives in the depths of the human mind and ""sends up from thence wonderful gifts into the light of the understanding."" This makes MacDonald that very rare thing: a writer of mystical fiction whose work can give us experience of the divine. Throughout his children's fantasy stories MacDonald is describing the human and divine imagination. In the shorter tales he shows how the imagination has different regions and depths, each able to shift into the other. With the longer stories we see the imagination in relation to other aspects of the self and to its position in the world. Here the imagination is portrayed as often embattled in relation to empiricism, egotism, and greed.


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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 553935
  • Product Code 9781532668494
  • ISBN 153266849X
  • EAN 9781532668494
  • Pages 150
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Media/culture
  • Publisher Cascade Books
  • Publication Date Aug 2019
  • Sales Rank 78344
  • Dimensions 229 x 151 x 8mm
  • Weight 0.230kg

Colin Manlove

Colin Manlove taught at the University of Edinburgh until his retirement in 1993. His books include Modern Fantasy (1975), The Impulse of Fantasy Literature (1983), and Christian Fantasy: From 1200 to the Present (1992). In 2016 he published Scotland's Forgotten Treasure: The Visionary Romances of George MacDonald.