George MacDonald: Life, Religion and Children's Literature

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November 2008



Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Leipzig (Philologie), course: Victorian Children¿s Classics, 11 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: George MacDonald: fantast, children¿s books writer, realistic novelist, Scottish regionalist, Christian apologist, poet, literary critic and preacher. George MacDonald was a multi-faceted man, father and author. Who was that man? He was a Scotsman who tergiversated from Calvinism, who was married and had eleven children, who was a preacher and author, who published over 50 books and who searched all his life for the true meaning of God, belief and faith. The following work is going to give an outline of George MacDonald¿s life, his works, his belief and his children¿s literature in special. The first chapter is going to give a detailed overview of his life as a student, as a father, as a teacher and preacher and, of course, as an author. His most important poems, novels, fantasies and clerical works are going to be listed. In the second chapter his faith and visions are going to be examined in detail starting with his tergiversation from Calvinism and continuing with his visions about God and holiness and his own personal theology. The last chapter will concern the fantasies and fairy tales. In the first part the history of the Victorian children¿s literature will be portrayed with direct regard to the work of MacDonald. In the second part it will be looked at the concept of a childish and a childlike character and their difference in special. It will be described which characteristics they have and how they are included in different novels of George MacDonald. The intention of the text is to inform the reader about the author George MacDonald who was in his time one of a kind and to give an insight on his writing and his life, especially on his religious confessions. It shall be made clear why his theology is becoming popular again in modern times and his books, especially his children¿s books, are still sold and read.


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EAN: 9783640222131
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch. Dateigröße in KByte: 475.
Verlag: GRIN Verlag
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2008
Seitenanzahl: 19 Seiten
Format: pdf eBook
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