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Heroines of Faith and Courage: Princess Irene in <i>The Princess and the Goblin</i> and Lucy in <i>Prince Caspian</i>

Vigen Guroian

in Tending the Heart of Virtue

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152647
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849192 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152647.003.0007
Heroines of Faith and Courage: Princess Irene in The Princess and the Goblin and Lucy in Prince Caspian

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George MacDonald's The Princes and the Goblin was published in 1872 and was followed some nine years later by a sequel, The Princes and Curdie. The protagonists of these fairy-tale romances are two of the most memorable children in Victorian literature. This chapter deals with The Princes and the Goblin and the character of the Princes Irene. George MacDonald dared to invent a modern genre of fairly tale that even today challenges the positivism and twisted puritanism of our contemporary taste for stories suited for children. The Princes and the Goblin is a story that breathes with this freedom and risk.

Keywords: George MacDonald; The Princes and the Goblin; Victorian literature; Princes Irene

Chapter.  10849 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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