George MacDonald Among His Contemporaries

University of St Andrews
30 March, 2011

Keynote speakers: Stephen Prickett and David Robb

“George MacDonald (1824-1905) is most often discussed in terms of what came after: his role in the development of fantasy literature and his influence on writers such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Though providing valuable insights into MacDonald’s legacy, this emphasis tends to obscure his involvement in his own time. MacDonald was a Victorian. His works attest to his wide knowledge of his time and culture, and his deep engagement with the issues of the day.

George MacDonald Among His Contemporaries looks to re-establish MacDonald’s place within his own context. Papers and presentations from a variety of disciplines will offer critical reinvestigation of MacDonald’s work, looking beyond MacDonald’s fantasies to consider other aspects of his works.”

The cost is £20 for non-students and £15 for students. For bookings and more information see:,65139,en.html


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