Academic journal article Review of Contemporary Philosophy

The Fairy Way of Writing: Shakespeare to Tolkien

Academic journal article Review of Contemporary Philosophy

The Fairy Way of Writing: Shakespeare to Tolkien

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The Fairy Way of Writing: Shakespeare to Tolkien Kevin Pask (Concordia University) Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, 178 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0982-5

According to Pask, the early modern account of the fairy way of writing is component of the embitterment of the world. The fairy way of writing depended on popular tales and convictions, being in concert social, giving attention to the notion of popular convictions and shared experience, and individuated, established in the distinctive fertile imagination of the artist. The fairy way of writing is interdependent with a print-based significant literary culture. Print made oral culture unconcealed to thinkers. The thinkers of print culture maintained to symbolize the established oral cultures they began to disestablish.

That is why it is legitimate to say that the fairy way of writing in the English tradition is similar to the stage portrayal of enchantment, and should not be envisaged as the intricate outcome of revelation. Pask insists that the concern of the fairy way of writing as a feature of English literary history does not depend on the diffusion of a genuine oral culture (the fairy way of writing is a consistent established practice within English literature). …

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