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dc.contributor.advisorHart, Trevor A.
dc.contributor.authorJeffrey Johnson, Kirstin Elizabeth
dc.coverage.spatial302en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-22T11:24:10Z
dc.date.available2011-06-22T11:24:10Z
dc.date.issued2011-06-21
dc.identifieruk.bl.ethos.552590 
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/1887
dc.description.abstractScholars and storytellers alike have deemed George MacDonald a great mythopoeic writer, an exemplar of the art. Examination of this accolade by those who first applied it to him proves it profoundly theological: for them a mythopoeic tale was a relational medium through which transformation might occur, transcending boundaries of time and space. The implications challenge much contemporary critical study of MacDonald, for they demand that his literary life and his theological life cannot be divorced if either is to be adequately assessed. Yet they prove consistent with the critical methodology MacDonald himself models and promotes. Utilizing MacDonald’s relational methodology evinces his intentional facilitating of Mythopoesis. It also reveals how oversights have impeded critical readings both of MacDonald’s writing and of his character. It evokes a redressing of MacDonald’s relationship with his Scottish cultural, theological, and familial environment – of how his writing is a response that rises out of these, rather than, as has so often been asserted, a mere reaction against them. Consequently it becomes evident that key relationships, both literary and personal, have been neglected in MacDonald scholarship – relationships that confirm MacDonald’s convictions and inform his writing, and the examination of which restores his identity as a literature scholar. Of particular relational import in this reassessment is A.J. Scott, a Scottish visionary intentionally chosen by MacDonald to mentor him in a holistic Weltanschauung. Little has been written on Scott, yet not only was he MacDonald’s prime influence in adulthood, but he forged the literary vocation that became MacDonald’s own. Previously unexamined personal and textual engagement with John Ruskin enables entirely new readings of standard MacDonald texts, as does the textual engagement with Matthew Arnold and F.D. Maurice. These close readings, informed by the established context, demonstrate MacDonald’s emergence, practice, and intent as a mythopoeic writer.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.relation"The imagination : its function and its culture"en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
dc.subjectGeorge MacDonalden_US
dc.subjectJohn Ruskinen_US
dc.subjectA.J. Scotten_US
dc.subjectThomas Erskineen_US
dc.subjectMatthew Arnolden_US
dc.subjectF.D. Mauriceen_US
dc.subjectS.T. Coleridgeen_US
dc.subjectJ.R.R. Tolkienen_US
dc.subjectC.S. Lewisen_US
dc.subjectThomas Chalmersen_US
dc.subjectMackintosh Mackayen_US
dc.subjectRob Dunnen_US
dc.subjectRose La Toucheen_US
dc.subjectIsaiahen_US
dc.subjectMythopoesisen_US
dc.subjectImaginationen_US
dc.subjectRelationalityen_US
dc.subjectParticipationen_US
dc.subjectInspirationen_US
dc.subjectSub-creationen_US
dc.subjectCelticen_US
dc.subjectClearancesen_US
dc.subjectScottish fantasyen_US
dc.subjectDialecten_US
dc.subjectLilithen_US
dc.subjectPsycheen_US
dc.subjectDanteen_US
dc.subjectGrotesqueen_US
dc.subjectIntertextualen_US
dc.subjectStoryen_US
dc.subjectCreatio ex nihiloen_US
dc.subjectBiblical criticismen_US
dc.subjectHermeneuticsen_US
dc.subjectShemaen_US
dc.subjectHoly Foolen_US
dc.subject.lccPR4969.J4
dc.subject.lcshMacDonald, George, 1824-1905--Criticism and interpretationen_US
dc.subject.lcshMacDonald, George, 1824-1905--Religionen_US
dc.subject.lcshMythology in literatureen_US
dc.subject.lcshMyth in literatureen_US
dc.subject.lcshFantasy literature, Scottish--History and criticismen_US
dc.subject.lcshScott, A. J. (Alexander John), 1805-1866--Influenceen_US
dc.titleRooted in all its story, more is meant than meets the ear : a study of the relational and revelational nature of George MacDonald's mythopoeic arten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.publisher.departmentInstitute for Theology, Imagination and the Artsen_US


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