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The Scottish poet, author, and Christian minister George MacDonald is widely known as an inspiration for the works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Lewis Carroll, among others. Nineteenth century photographs of MacDonald present a forbidding visage, embodying Victorian-era solemnity. Yet behind the facade, as Daniel Gabelman writes, lived a whimsical and fantastical muse. Indeed, MacDonald imbued theological weight through childlike lightheartedness. Gabelman ably reveals in MacDonald’s writings a bridge between playfulness and seriousness in the modern imagination. George MacDonald delivers a balanced reading of its subject that ultimately lends a new theological and literary weight to whimsy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Series Introduction
  2. pp. 6-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Gravity of a Child at Play
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part I: Modalities of Levity
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. 1. The Levity of Saints and Angels
  2. pp. 9-22
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  1. 2. Ecstasy and Folly: Lightening the Self for Its Journey
  2. pp. 23-36
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  1. 3. Vanity and Play: Liberation from Seriousness for Metamorphosis
  2. pp. 37-50
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  1. 4. Carnival and Sabbath: A Time for Renewal, Rebellion, and Revelation
  2. pp. 51-68
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  1. Part II: MacDonald’s Fairytale Levity
  2. pp. 69-70
  1. 5. “Never so Real as When They Are Solemn”: Victorians and Seriousness
  2. pp. 71-106
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  1. 6. Time: Fairyland’s Festive Sabbath
  2. pp. 107-142
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  1. 7. Space: Fairyland’s Ecstatic Cosmology
  2. pp. 143-172
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  1. 8. Transformation: “Shall not the Possible Become the Real?”
  2. pp. 173-202
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  1. Conclusion: The Haunting Force of Levity
  2. pp. 203-208
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 209-244
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 245-256
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 257-261
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781602587847
Related ISBN
9781602587823
MARC Record
OCLC
856904977
Pages
270
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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