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Johnson, R. E.

Works: 2 works in 13 publications in 1 language and 1,669 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by R. E Johnson
A complete identity : the youthful hero in the work of G.A. Henty and George MacDonald by Rachel E Johnson( )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: This study is an examination of the hero image in the work of G.A. Henty (1832-1902) and George MacDonald (1824-1905) and a reassessment of the hitherto oppositional critiques of their writing. The argument driving the reassessment is that their writing is not oppositional but is complementary and that the ideology embedded in their work is communicated through the character of the hero through genre and through their interpretation of their historical period. The central hypothesis is that the reflexive characteristics of the hero image demonstrate a complete identity commensurate with the hero figure of the Victorian ideal. This hypothesis is demonstrated through the analysis of chosen texts from the work of Henty and MacDonald categorised by critics as written for children and by the application of ethical, genre and new historic theory. The relationship between the expansion of the British Empire and youthful heroism is established through investigation of the Victorian political, social and religious milieu, the construct of the child and the construct of the hero. The connection between the exotic geographical space of empire and the unknown psychological space is conducted through examination of the representation of the 'other' in the work of Henty and MacDonald. The study demonstrates that Henty's work is more complex than the stereotypically linear, masculine, imperialistic critique of his stories as historical realism allows and that MacDonald's work displays more evidence of historical embedding and ideological interpellation than the critical focus on his work as fantasy and fairy tale considers
Gender construction in Kays catalogues : 1920 to the new millenium( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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