George MacDonald Hardback

Divine Carelessness & Fairytale Levity

by Daniel Gabelman;

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George MacDonald

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Though known for his fantastical writings George MacDonald is often considered to be a typical Victorian teacher of religious and moral seriousness. Approaches to MacDonalds works often seek to find his message by expositing the moral, social, pedagogical, psychological or theological content of his work. This study recasts MacDonald in the light of his fairytales for the childlike and argues that these seemingly small and insignificant works are a golden key to his artistic enterprise. This is not because of any particular message that they carry but because of their peculiarly light mode of generating meaning and the relation of this lightness to theology. Whilst it is frequently disparaged, levity actually has strong parallels with the theological atmosphere of Christianity. Light modalities such as folly, ecstasy, and play demonstrate that the Christian faith has greater affinities with lightness and whimsicality than its solemn defenders sometimes admit.
MacDonalds fairy-tales draw upon this surprising harmony between levity and faith to create environments in which readers can playfully reflect upon the nature of ultimate reality and begin to find their own place within that reality. By helping to remove the mask of seriousness presented by things in the everyday world, fairy-tales engender a kind of divine carelessness and help people to let go of the weighty cares and fears that keep them tightly bound to worldly things.

George MacDonald by Daniel Gabelman was published by Baylor University Press in August 2013. The ISBN for George MacDonald is 9781602587823.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBaylor University Press (August 2013)
Number of Pages272
Thickness26 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4079620
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