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Author Topic: Land Spirits/the Fair Folk questions  (Read 10539 times)
Vella Malachite
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« Reply #18: October 14, 2010, 04:55:29 am »

Froud's a terrific artist, but don't use him as anything like a source.  The text of his earlier book Faeries was near-plagiarized from Katharine Briggs.  Briggs IS a good source -- her scholarship is foundational to the study of fairy lore.  The most useful of her works are The Encyclopedia of Fairies and The Fairies in Tradition and Literature.  I also recommend Carole Silver's Strange and Secret Peoples, which provides an absolutely necessary context for a lot of fairy lore studies; most fairy folklore was collected in the Victorian era, and to make sense of it, one needs to understand something about Victorian attitudes toward gender, class, and race.

Ah, OK.  Gotcha.  Proceeding to not use Froud as a source

I read your recommendation for Briggs on another thread, and I've been waiting to get the money for one of her books (read: I'll probably get the book sometime in the next couple years, if I get my act together).
Would you recommend reading Victorian fairy stories now, or should I get a better grounding in fairies as a whole, in order to better understand the changes they made?
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