New Discussion Series at the Caledon Library begins Wednesday 12/19

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Magic, Monsters and Other Worlds: The Fantastic in Victorian Literature.
Winter 2012 through Spring 2014

The Victorian era  saw a great flourishing of fantasy literature. From the golden world of Neverland to the dark horror of Dracula’s stalking-grounds, from the absurdities of Wonderland to the reimagined Middle Ages of the Pre-Raphaelites, British authors invited readers into realms of the inexplicable and the marvelous. Was this a turning-away from the increasing rationalization and regimentation of their world, brought about by advances in science and technology?  A romantic rejection of industrialization and urbanization? An aspect of the Victorian fascination with spiritualism and the occult?  An escape from repressive social mores? A yearning after lost innocence? All of these and more?  Our discussions will explore the Victorian literature of the fantastic from numerous angles; through novels, stories, and poetry we’ll seek to understand what inspired fantasy authors and their audiences, and how their works still speak to us today.

Meetings will be the third Wednesday of the month, at 4pm SLT
Caledon Library Meeting Room

Contact JJ Drinkwater or Kghia Gherardi for details

For further insight concerning Victorian Fantasy Literature consult
The Victorian Web:

Inaugural meeting Dec 19 2012
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton by Charles Dickens

Complete Schedule:

Dec 19, 2012: A Christmas Carol and The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton - Charles Dickens

Jan 16, 2013: Dracula - Bram Stoker
Feb 20, 2013: Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

Mar 20, 2013: The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde

April 17, 2013: "The Sword of Welleran", "The Fall of Babbulkund", & “The Highwaymen” - Lord Dunsany

May 15, 2013:  "The Lady of Shallot" & "The Lotos Eaters" - Lord Tennyson

June 19, 2013: "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" - Robert Browning

July 17, 2013: “The Hosting of the Sidhe”, “The Stolen Child”, & “The Song of Wandering Aengus” - William Butler Yeats

Aug 21, 2013: The Water of the Wondrous Isles - William Morris

Sept 18, 2013: The Princess and the Goblin - George MacDonald

Oct 16, 2013: Peter Pan - JM Barrie

Nov 20, 2013: "The Goblin Market" - Christina Rosetti

Dec 18, 2013: "La Belle Dame sans Merci" - John Keats

Jan 16, 2014: The King of the Golden River - John Ruskin

Feb 19, 2014: Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
Mad Tea Party! Caledon Library Great Lawn:

Mar 19, 2014: The Novel of the Black Seal - Arthur Machen

April 16,  2014: Overview & Favorites.

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