Abstract

This essay acknowledges George MacDonald's sense of the fairy tale as a feminine form, expressive of imaginative and nonrational modes of thought. But most of his fantasy work delivers a dual world, a world in which fantasy and reality intersect. More precisely, his world exists on the border between fantasy and reality. The essay extrapolates from this border position to meditate on gender in MacDonald's fairy tales and concludes that MacDonald envisages a world of fairy that we can suitably term "queer."

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-1802
Print ISSN
1521-4281
Pages
pp. 86-99
Launched on MUSE
2003-05-12
Open Access
No
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