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Victorian Fantasy Writers and Illustrators

  • Stephen Prickett
  • Date: Monday 26 June 2017, 01:00PM to 26 June 2017, 02:00PM
  • Location: Room 612, Karl Popper , Ilam Campus, University of Canterbury
  • Presented By: Professor Prickett, Honorary Professor University of Kent & Emeritus Professor University of Glasgow
  • Ticket: Free

The Victorian age in England was the great age of fantasy writing.  What started with a small group of close friends was to blossom within a hundred years into a major art-form, that in our own time has produced some of the best-selling books and most popular films of all time.  Twentieth century writers, such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and Philip Pullman all have their roots in the works of George MacDonald, Lewis Carroll, and Charles Kingsley, who were not merely close friends, but who circulated their stories in manuscript form to each other before publication.  When George MacDonald was sent the original manuscript of Alice in Wonderland he tested it by reading it aloud to his own children.  Only with their approval did Lewis Carroll have the confidence to send it to a publisher.  This talk will look at the relationship – literary and visual – between these three writers, and others, in the mid-years of the nineteenth century – and beyond.

Professor Stephen Prickett is Honorary Professor at the University of Kent and Emeritus Professor at the University of Glasgow. He has previously held positions at the Australian National University in Canberra, Duke, Smith and Minnesota and universities in Denmark and Singapore.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, former Chairman of the UK Higher Education Foundation, former President of the European Society for the Study of Literature and Theology and currently President of the George MacDonald Society.

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