Cultural, Literary and Artistic Explorations of a Myth
Edited By Beatrice Laurent
The figure of the beautiful reclining female sleeper is a recurring theme in the Victorian imagination, invoking visual, literary and erotic connotations that contribute to a complex range of readings involving aesthetics, gender definitions and contemporary medical opinion. This book compiles and examines a corpus of Sleeping Beauties drawn from Victorian medical reports, literature and the arts and explores the significance of the enduring revival of the myth.
Engendering Creative Negativity: Anne Thackeray Ritchie’s The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood (1866)
When will the hundred summers die,And thought and time be born again,And newer knowledge, drawing nigh,Bring truth that sways the soul of men?Here all things in their place remain,As all were order’d, ages since.Come, Care and Pleasure, Hope and Pain,And bring the fated fairy Prince.
— ALFRED TENNYSON, The Day Dream
Anne Thackeray Ritchie: Her ‘Little’ Writing and ‘Mild’ Revolution
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