Women In Victorian Fantasy Literature - Essay

Women In Victorian Fantasy Literature

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Edith Lazaros Honig

SOURCE: "Magical Women: The Positive Force of Woman Power," in Breaking the Angelic Image: Woman Power in Victorian Children's Fantasy, Greenwood Press, 1988, pp. 111-32.

[In the following essay, Honig explores the role of the magical female figure in Victorian children's fantasies, noting that it was in children's literature, rather than in adult fiction, that powerful, vibrant female characters were first portrayed.]

In The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, Bruno Bettelheim tells us that the powerful witch, the magical woman who appears most prominently in classical fairy tales,...

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