Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Medieval Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Larry Syndergaard

Second Advisor

Dr. Gordon Eriksen

Access Setting

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.

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