Abstract

Charles Kingsley's The Water-Babies is now frequently marginalized in the English literary canon as a text to which both academic and general readers are indifferent. Such approaches, however, fail to appreciate or disregard entirely its sociopolitical, scientific, and religious subtexts, all of which, ironically, prioritize the issue of marginalization. This article addresses these problems by examining the publication history of The Water-Babies and by showing that, through Tom's marginalized evolution from chimney-sweep to water-baby, Kingsley's book actually conceals a savagely consistent social critique within the supposed innocuousness of an imaginative fairy tale.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 51-64
Launched on MUSE
2009-02-13
Open Access
No
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