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Title: Phantastes of hope? : a theological reading of George MacDonald's early work
Author: Kelly, Carolyn E.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 2192
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2008
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The first half addresses the context I which MacDonald ministered and wrote.  Chapter one summarises the major influences on his thought, including the theology of his friends and peers. The context of dissent and other literary concerns of the period are summarised. Chapter two considers MacDonald’s reworking of romantic interests and themes, particularly his understanding of the literary text and imagination. Examples from early poems, sermons and fiction explore his treatment of various theological motifs. The second half begins with a discussion of fantasy in chapter three, focussing on why MacDonald appropriated this form for his major work Phantastes.  Chapter four is a close reading of that text in the light of the previous discussion, showing how its value and originality arise from its theological meaning.  Finally, some concluding comments assess it as a literary expression of Christian hope.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Theology