By Carole G. Silver
Teeming with creatures, either genuine and imagined, this encyclopedic examine in cultural heritage illuminates the hidden net of connections among the Victorian fascination with fairies and their lore and the dominant preoccupations of Victorian tradition at huge. Carole Silver right here attracts on resources starting from the anthropological, folkloric, and occult to the felony, old, and clinical. She is the 1st to anatomize a global peopled via unusual beings who've infiltrated either the literary and visible masterpieces and the minor works of the writers and painters of that period.
reading the interval of 1798 to 1923, Strange and mystery Peoples focuses not just on such well known literary figures as Charles Dickens and William Butler Yeats, yet on writers as varied as Thomas Carlyle, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Charlotte Mew; on artists as diverse as mad Richard Dadd, Aubrey Beardsley, and Sir Joseph Noel Paton; and on artifacts starting from fossil skulls to images and vases. Silver demonstrates how attractive and sizeable creatures--fairies and swan maidens, goblins and dwarfs, cretins and changelings, elementals and pygmies--simultaneously peopled the Victorian mind's eye and inhabited nineteenth-century technological know-how and trust. Her e-book unearths the incredible complexity and fertility of the Victorian awareness: its modernity and antiquity, its wish to naturalize the supernatural, its pervasive eroticism fused with sexual nervousness, and its force for racial and imperial dominion.