Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Larry Syndergaard
Dr. Gordon Eriksen
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This thesis fills the need for a bibliography of works on the British fairies.
It is essentially an annotated bibliography with an introduction which will help illuminate the fairies of the ancient and medieval literature (through Shakespeare) and the folk literature of Britain. The annotations are extensive are both descriptive and evaluative.
The bibliography includes publications written in English, from 1900 to 1983, which describe and discuss the characteristics and origins of the British fairies. It is divided into seven chapters: Literary Fairies, British Fairies, English Fairies, Welsh and Manx Fairies, Scottish Fairies, Irish Fairies, and Origins of Fairies.
The major parts of the introduction are Area of Coverage and Statement of Purpose, Evolution of Study, Methodology, Problems encountered, and The Fairies in Literature in medieval, sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. A list of major works if the nineteenth century fairy folklorists is included.
Reik, Constance, "The Nature of the British Fairies of Medieval and Folk Literature an Annotated Bibliography 1900-1983" (1985). Master's Theses. 1388.