Romanticism, the Marble Lady, and Orders of Longing in Phantastes

George MacDonald’s novel Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women (1858), featuring the coming-of-age tale of the twenty-one-year old Anodos through Fairy Land, bears the marks of MacDonald’s near obsession with the art and philosophical ideals of German Romanticism. This early nineteenth-century movement is marked by an optimistic vision of personal growth, the pursuit […]

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