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The Fairy Way of Writing

Shakespeare to Tolkien

In The Fairy Way of Writing, Kevin Pask seeks to explain the origins and popularity of enchantment in Shakespeare’s plays. Writers John Dryden and Joseph Addison originated the phrase "fairy way of writing" to define the concept of an English creative imagination founded on a synthesis of high literary culture and the popular culture of tales and superstitions. Beginning with Chaucer, Johnson, Dryden, and Milton, Pask argues that the fairy way of writing not only sets the stage for the fairy tale, the Gothic novel, and children’s literature but also informs genres beyond the English canon, including painting, twentieth-century fantasy fiction, and French fairy tales.

In addition to English writers and visual artists such as Pope, Blake, and Keats, who were directly engaged with Shakespearean fantasy, Pask also examines fairy tales, letters, and paintings by the French writers Madame d'Aulnoy, Charles Perrault, Madame de Sévigné, and the Swiss-born artist Johann Heinrich Füssli (Fuseli).

The Fairy Way of Writing alters the traditional sense of English literary history and of Shakespeare’s singular place in it, insisting on the importance of often-overlooked literary and visual works. It recovers a distinctive aspect of English literary culture from across the entire early modern era and beyond, one that has been studied in the context of individual periods and writers but is only now explored in relation to the history of European nationalism and the creation of the modern literary system.

About the Author

Kevin Pask is an associate professor of English at Concordia University and is author of The Emergence of the English Author: Scripting the Life of the Poet in Early Modern England.

Endorsements

As Pask notes, a deep divide exists between literary studies and popular modern fantasy. Bridging this divide helps to illuminate what is on both sides of it and helps to combat the tendency on the part of scholarly readers to dismiss fantasy as childish. Pask's effort to bring the realm of fantasy into academic consideration alongside more standard canonical writing is no small achievement.

- Jonathan V. Crewe, Dartmouth College

Reviews

Pask is an astute reader of Shakespeare, and his book is an excellent resource for an audience of undergraduates to professional scholars.

- Matthew A. Fike - Renaissance Quarterly

By placing Tolkien in such elevated company, the book succeeds in suggesting the cultural and historical forces that continue to guide us as we file into the cinema to see the latest instalment of The Hobbit.

- E.J. Clery - Times Literary Supplement

Pask's ability to tell a literary-historical story over a series of centuries is both notable and admirable in our increasingly period-bound field.

- Julia Reinhard Lupton - Studies in English Literature

An engaging book that raises excellent questions about the origins and significance of modern fantasy fiction. It reflects Pask's background as a Renaissance scholar and his skill in sketching a larger argument about the development of fantasy fiction.

- Catherine Breashears - Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer

A valuable and illuminating book that successfully crosses period boundaries and... holds within a single frame materials almost always dispersed in literary studies.

- Jonathan Crewe - English Studies in Canada

Scholars of Shakespeare, particularly of his reception, should not miss this book.

- Jessica Campbell - Modern Language Quarterly

The Fairy Way of Writing: Shakespeare to Tolkien is a bold and engaging book, opening up much fertile ground for future work. I highly recommend a close reading of it.

- Review of Contemporary Philosophy
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