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SLEEPING HERO MOTIF: A motif common in Celtic folklore and Arthurian literature in which the heroes or mythological beings of old are not dead, but rather sleeping, waiting in heaven, or stored in alternative worlds like Fairyland. At some future time, they will awake or be called forth to fulfill some important function. In the legends of King Arthur, for instance, Malory recounts him as "Rex quandam et rex futurus," the once and future king who will return to Britain in the hour of its greatest need. We see 20th-century versions of this recreated in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. For instance, in Prince Caspian, Caspian's forces re-summon High King Peter and the other Pevensie children to save them from the Telmarine usurpers. More apocalyptically, in The Last Battle, we read of how a giant named Time sleeps in a cavern under the earth, waiting for Aslan to wake him so he can blow his horn to summon the stars from the sky before he plucks the sun of Narnia and destroys the world. Anthropologists might argue that, in the Christian tradition, the idea that Christ will have a second coming and return to earth is another example of the motif.

Characteristics Of Victorian Age Literature

The reclaiming of the past was a major part of Victorian literature, ..

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Plotz explores the child of the pure unclouded brow in High Romantic writers such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Lamb, and DeQuincey, but her deft articulations of the ambivalences that gather around this child figure inform our understanding of the Victorian inheritance from Romanticism. The connection between the child and death is important for the many deathbed scenes in Victorian literature for both young and old.

Victorian Literature - University of Minnesota Duluth

Thiel, Elizabeth. The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-Century Children’s Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal. London and New York: Routledge, 2008.

The Victorian Web: Literature, History and Culture in the Age of Victoria

Kristi Siegel Associate Professor, English Dept

A major reexamination of Victorian children’s literature that scrutinizes a range of authors including Hesba Stretton, Juliana Ewing, and Mary Molesworth who challenge the Romantic notions of childhood innocence. A chapter on Treasure Island resists the easy colonial reading of this book. Gubar revisits Jacqueline Rose’s influential work and takes the discussion of child/adult “collaboration” into interesting and provocative places.

Introducing the Carronade: The Range Myth | Age Of Sail

These critics view the genres and individual plot patterns of literature, including highly sophisticated and realistic works, as recurrences of certain archetypes and essential mythic formulae.

Gun-Yu and the Chinese Flood Myth | Ancient Origins

SKELTONIC VERSE: Also called tumbling verse or Skeltonics, the term refers to an irregular verse used principally by John Skelton, the tutor of young Henry VIII. Skelton disregarded the number of syllables in each line and often experimented with short lines using only two or three stresses; he emphasized the stresses by alliteration and rhyme. The example below comes from his poem, "Colin Clout":

Literary Terms and Definitions: S - Carson-Newman College

The books listed here are both collections of scholarly essays and more conventional reference works. , , and deserve mention because they contain useful information and provocative critical insight into Victorian children’s books and publishing. The collections of scholarly essays contain a range of subjects, but none focus exclusively on British Victorian children’s books. contains important material on Arthur Hughes and on a number of women writers, and contains discussions of Victorian children, death, and the Romantic legacy. and focus on specialized topics in the Victorian period: children and the fiction of Dickens and girlhood in England and America during the period. Also included is , a collection of 19th-century commentary on children’s books—an invaluable look at Victorian attitudes toward children’s literature.

Celtic Myth and Moonlight || Celtic Deities

Difficult for undergraduates. A new understanding of how myth and mythmaking function in the Bible (Part 1) and the reuse of the same texts in the Midrash and Talmud (Part 2) and in medieval Jewish mystical literature, especially the book of Zohar (Part 3). Rejects the view that myth is a feature of polytheism and foreign to monotheism of the Hebrew Bible and Judaism.